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AV Receiver
TX-SR501
TX-SR501E
Instruction Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo AV Receiver.
Please read this manual thoroughly before making con-
nections and plugging in the unit.
Following the instructions in this manual will enable you
to obtain optimum performance and listening enjoyment
from your new AV Receiver.
Please retain this manual for future reference.
Contents
Introduction
Important Safeguards................................................ 2
Precautions................................................................ 3
Supplied Accessories................................................ 4
Features..................................................................... 4
Before Using the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E ............... 5
Controls & Connectors ............................................. 6
Connections
Connecting Your AV Components......................... 10
Connecting -compatible AV Components ........ 19
Installing Your Speakers ........................................ 20
Connecting Antenna ............................................... 22
Setup
Powering Up & Setting Up the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E......................................................... 24
ImportantFirst Time Setup.............................. 24
Configuring Speaker Set A..................................... 26
Operation
Playing Your AV Components............................... 28
Using the Tuner ...................................................... 30
Common Functions................................................. 32
Using the Listening Modes..................................... 34
Audio Adjust Functions.......................................... 37
Recording................................................................ 39
Remote Controller
Using the Remote Controller RC-479S with Your
Other AV Components........................................ 40
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your
Other AV Components........................................ 41
Appendix
Troubleshooting...................................................... 45
Specifications.......................................................... 48
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Important Safeguards
1. Read InstructionsAll the safety and operating instructions
should be read before the appliance is operated.
2. Retain InstructionsThe safety and operating instructions
should be retained for future reference.
3. Heed WarningsAll warnings on the appliance and in the
operating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow InstructionsAll operating and use instructions
should be followed.
5. CleaningUnplug the appliance from the wall outlet before
cleaning. The appliance should be cleaned only as recom-
mended by the manufacturer.
6. AttachmentsDo not use attachments not recommended by
the appliance manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
7. Water and MoistureDo not use the appliance near water
for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laun-
dry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the
like.
8. AccessoriesDo not place the appli-
ance on an unstable cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table. The appliance may
fall, causing serious injury to a child or
adult, and serious damage to the appli-
ance. Use only with a cart, stand, tri-
pod, bracket, or table recommended by
the manufacturer, or sold with the
appliance. Any mounting of the appliance should follow the
manufacturers instructions, and should use a mounting acces-
sory recommended by the manufacturer.
9. An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care.
Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the
appliance and cart combination to overturn.
10. VentilationSlots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the appliance and
to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by
placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar sur-
face. The appliance should not be placed in a built-in installation
such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided.
There should be free space of at least 8 in. (20 cm) and an open-
ing behind the appliance.
11. Power SourcesThe appliance should be operated only from
the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you
are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your appliance dealer or local power company.
12. Grounding or PolarizationThe appliance may be equipped
with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other). This plug will t into the power
outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the
plug should still fail to t, contact your electrician to replace
your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized plug.
13. Power Cord ProtectionPower-supply cords should be
routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by
items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention
to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the appliance.
14. Outdoor Antenna GroundingIf an outside antenna or cable
system is connected to the appliance, be sure the antenna or
cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection
against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of
the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides infor-
mation with regard to proper grounding of the mast and support-
ing structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna-
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of
antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode. See Figure 1.
15. LightningFor added protection for the appliance during a
lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and discon-
nect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to
the appliance due to lightning and power-line surges.
16. Power LinesAn outside antenna system should not be
located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric
light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines
or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme
care should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or
circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
17. OverloadingDo not overload wall outlets, extension cords,
or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of
re or electric shock.
18. Object and Liquid EntryNever push objects of any kind
into the appliance through openings as they may touch danger-
ous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a re or
electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the appliance.
19. ServicingDo not attempt to service the appliance yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous volt-
age or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualied service per-
sonnel.
20. Damage Requiring ServiceUnplug the appliance form the
wall outlet and refer servicing to qualied service personnel
under the following conditions:
A. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
B. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the appli-
ance,
C. If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water,
D. If the appliance does not operate normally by following the
operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are cov-
ered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualied technician to restore the appliance
to its normal operation,
E. If the appliance has been dropped or damaged in any way, and
F. When the appliance exhibits a distinct change in performance
this indicates a need for service.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral
triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
dangerous voltage within the products enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
WARNING
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
NE PAS OUVRIR
AVIS
PORTABLE CART WARNING
S3125A
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Important SafeguardsContinued
21. Replacement PartsWhen replacement parts are required, be
sure the service technician has used replacement parts specied
by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the orig-
inal part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in re, electric
shock, or other hazards.
22. Safety CheckUpon completion of any service or repairs to
the appliance, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the appliance is in proper operation
condition.
23. Wall or Ceiling MountingThe appliance should be mounted
to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
24. HeatThe appliance should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appli-
ances (including ampliers) that produce heat.
25. Liquid HazardsThe appliance should not be exposed to
dripping or splashing and no objects lled with liquids, such as
vases should be placed on the appliance.
FIGURE 1:
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
Precautions
For British models
Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord
of this unit should be performed only by qualied service personnel.
IMPORTANT
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the
following code:
Blue: Neutral
Brown: Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals
in your plug, proceed as follows:
The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal
which is marked with the letter N or coloured black.
The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the terminal
which is marked with the letter L or coloured red.
IMPORTANT
A 5 ampere fuse is tted in this plug. Should the fuse need to be
replaced, please ensure that the replacement fuse has a rating of 5
amperes and that it is approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362. Check
for the ASTA mark or the BSI mark on the body of the fuse.
IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE
SOCKET OUTLET IN YOUR HOME THEN THE FUSE
SHOULD BE REMOVED AND THE PLUG CUT OFF AND DIS-
POSED OF SAFELY. THERE IS A DANGER OF SEVERE ELEC-
TRICAL SHOCK IF THE CUT OFF PLUG IS INSERTED INTO
ANY 13 AMPERE SOCKET.
If in any doubt, consult a qualied electrician.
For European Models
For U.S. models
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's atten-
tion to Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guidelines for
proper grounding and, in particular, species that the cable ground
shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close
to the point of cable entry as practical.
FCC Information for User
CAUTION:
The user changes or modications not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the users authority to
operate the equipment.
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruc-
tions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful inter-
ference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
For Canadian Models
NOTE: THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS COMPLIES
WITH CANADIAN ICES-003.
For models having a power cord with a polarized plug:
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH
WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
Modle canadien
REMARQUE: CET APPAREIL NUMRIQUE DE LA
CLASSE B EST CONFORME LA NORME NMB-003 DU
CANADA.
Sur les modles dont la che est polarise:
ATTENTION: POUR VITER LES CHOCS LECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE
DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET
POUSSER JUSQUAU FOND.
ANTENNA
DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUND
CLAMP
ANTENNA
LEAD IN
WIRE
S2898A
Declaration of Conformity
We, ONKYO EUROPE
ELECTRONICS GmbH
LIEGNITZERSTRASSE
6, 82194 GROEBENZELL,
GERMANY
GROEBENZELL, GERMANY
ONKYO EUROPE ELECTRONICS GmbH
I. MORI
declare in own responsibility, that the ONKYO product described
in this instruction manual is in compliance with the corresponding
technical standards such as EN60065, EN55013, EN55020 and
EN61000-3-2, -3-3.
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PrecautionsContinued
1. Recording CopyrightUnless its for personal use only,
recording copyrighted material is illegal without the permission
of the copyright holder.
2. AC FuseThe AC fuse inside the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is
not user-serviceable. If you cannot turn on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E, contact your Onkyo dealer.
3. CareOccasionally you should dust the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E all over with a soft cloth. For stubborn stains, use
a soft cloth dampened with a weak solution of mild detergent
and water. Dry the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E immediately after-
wards with a clean cloth. Dont use abrasive cloths, thinners,
alcohol, or other chemical solvents, because they may damage
the nish or remove the panel lettering.
4. Power
WARNING
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE FIRST TIME,
READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY.
AC outlet voltages vary from country to country. Make sure that the
voltage in your area meets the voltage requirements printed on the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es rear panel (e.g., AC 230 V, 50 Hz or AC
120 V, 60 Hz).
The Worldwide model has a voltage selector for compatibility with
power systems around the world. Before you plug in this model,
make sure that the voltage selector is set to the correct voltage for
your area.
Setting the [STANDBY/ON] switch to STANDBY does not fully
shutdown the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. If you do not intend to use
the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E for an extended period, remove the
power cord from the AC outlet.
Memory backup
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E uses a battery-less memory backup
system in order to retain radio presets and other settings when its
unplugged or in the case of a power failure. Although no batteries
are required, the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E must be plugged into an
AC outlet in order to charge the backup system.
(On non-North American models, the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es POWER switch must be set to ON in order to
charge the backup system.) Once it has been charged, the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will retain the settings for several
weeks, although this depends on the environment and will be
shorter in humid climates.
Supplied Accessories
Make sure you have the following accessories:
* In catalogs and on packaging, the letter added to the end of the product name indicates the color of the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. Specications and operation
are the same regardless of color.
Features
Amp
6-channel amplier
65 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 20 Hz20 kHz with less
than 0.08% total harmonic distortion
WRAT (Wide Range Amplier Technology)
Optimum gain volume circuitry
Audio/Video
Dolby
*1
Digital EX and Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS, DTS-ES Matrix/Discrete 6.1, and DTS Neo:6 pro-
cessing
*2
Cinema Filter function
Advanced 24-bit DSP chip (5 DSP soundelds)
Linear PCM 96 kHz/24-bit D/A converters on all channels
Adjustable crossover (60, 80, 100, 120, 150 Hz)
2 component video inputs, 1 output
4 S-Video inputs, 2 outputs
3 assignable digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
Subwoofer pre out
Color-coded multi-channel inputs
Color-coded speaker terminal posts (SPEAKERS B use
push-type terminals)
FM/AM Tuner
30 FM/AM presets
FM auto tuning
RDS (Radio Data System) (Europe only)
AM loop antenna
Indoor FM antenna
(connector type varies from
country to country) Power-plug adapter
Only supplied in certain countries. Use
this adapter if your AC outlet does not
match with the plug on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es power cord. (Adapter var-
ies from country to country.)
Remote controller &
two batteries (AA/R6)
Speaker cable labels
75/300-ohm antenna
adapter
Not supplied with North American and
European models.
Front
Left
Front
Left
SP-B / Zone 2
Left
SP-B / Zone 2
Left
Surround
Right
Surround
Right
Surround Back
Right
Surround Back
Right
Zone 2
Right
Zone 2
Right
Front
Left
Front
Left
SP-B / Zone 2
Left
SP-B / Zone 2
Left
Front
Right
Front
Right
SP-B / Zone 2
Right
SP-B / Zone 2
Right
Front
Right
Front
Right
SP-B / Zone 2
Right
SP-B / Zone 2
Right
Surround
Right
Surround
Right
Center
Center
Center
Center
Surround
Left
Surround
Left
Surround
Left
Surround
Left
Surround Back
Right
Surround Back
Right
Zone 2
Right
Zone 2
Right
Surround Back
Left
Surround Back
Left
Zone 2
Left
Zone 2
Left
Surround Back
Left
Surround Back
Left
Zone 2
Left
Zone 2
Left
1
2
3
Speaker Cable
*1. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Pro Logic, Surround EX, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laborato-
ries.
*2. DTS, DTS-ES Extended Surround, and Neo:6 are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
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Before Using the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
The Worldwide model has a voltage selector for compatibil-
ity with power systems around the world. Before you plug in
this model, make sure that the voltage selector is set to the
correct voltage for your area. If it isnt, use a small screw-
driver to set it as appropriate. For example, if the voltage in
your area is 120 volts (V), set the selector to 120V. And if
its between 220 and 230 volts (V), set it to 220230V.
Notes:
The supplied batteries should last for about six months,
although this will vary with usage.
If the remote controller doesnt work reliably, try replacing
both batteries.
Dont mix new and old batteries, or different types of bat-
teries.
If you intend not to use the remote controller for a long
time, remove the batteries to prevent possible leakage and
corrosion.
Flat batteries should be removed as soon as possible to pre-
vent possible leakage and corrosion.
To use the remote controller, point it at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es remote control sensor, as shown below. The
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es STANDBY indicator ashes
while a signal is being received from the remote controller.
Notes:
The remote controller may not work reliably if the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is subjected to bright light, such
as direct sunlight or inverter-type uorescent lights. Keep
this in mind when installing the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
If another remote controller of the same type is used in the
same room, or the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is installed
close to equipment that uses infrared rays, the remote con-
troller may not work reliably.
Dont put anything, such as a book, on the remote control-
ler, because the buttons may be pressed inadvertently,
thereby draining the batteries.
The remote controller may not work reliably if the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is installed in a rack behind col-
ored glass doors. Keep this in mind when installing the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
The remote controller will not work if theres an obstacle
between it and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es remote con-
trol sensor.
Setting the Voltage Selector
(Worldwide model only)
Installing the Batteries
1
Open the battery compartment, as shown.
2
Insert the two supplied batteries (AA/R6) in
accordance with the polarity diagram inside
the battery compartment.
3
Close the battery compartment.
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
SWITCHED
100WMAX.
AC OUTLET
120V
VOLTAGE
SELECTOR
220-230 V
120V
VOLTAGE
SELECTOR
220-230V
Using the Remote Controller
30
30
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
Remote control sensor
Standby indicator
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Controls & Connectors
Front Panel
For detailed information, refer to the pages in parenthesis.
A POWER switch (24)
The North American model doesnt have this switch.
This is the main power switch. When set to OFF, the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is completely shutdown. When set to
ON, the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is in Standby mode and the
STANDBY indicator lights up.
Dont turn on the power until youve completed, and double
checked all connections (pages 1023).
Note:
Turning on the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E may cause a momen-
tary power surge that might interfere with other electrical
equipment on the same circuit. If this is a problem, plug the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E into a different branch circuit.
B STANDBY/ON button (24)
This button is used to set the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to On or
Standby. For models with a POWER switch, this button has no
effect unless the POWER switch is set to ON.
C STANDBY indicator (24)
This indicator lights up when the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is in
Standby mode, and it ashes while a signal is being received
from the remote controller.
D DIMMER button (32)
This button is used to adjust the display brightness.
E DIGITAL INPUT button (24)
This button is used to assign the digital inputs.
F SUBWOOFER MODE button (25)
This button is used to select the Subwoofer modes.
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
O Q R T U S P
2 3 4 5 8 9 J K M L 6
N
7
North American Model
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
O Q R T U S P
2 3 4 5 8 9 J K M L 6
N
7
OFF ON
POWER
1
Other Models
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Controls & ConnectorsContinued
G MEMORY button (30, 31)
This button is used when storing and deleting radio presets.
H FM MODE button (31)
This button is used to select the FM radio Stereo and Mono
modes. Its also used when deleting radio presets.
I TUNING [ ] [ ] buttons (30)
These buttons are used to tune into radio stations.
J Remote control sensor (5)
This sensor receives control signals from the remote control-
ler.
K Listening mode buttons (36)
These buttons are used to select the listening modes.
L PRESET/ADJUST [ ] [ ] buttons (25, 26, 31,
37)
This button is used to select radio presets and adjust parameter
values.
M MASTER VOLUME control (28, 30)
This control is used to set the volume of the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E.
N SPEAKER A & B buttons (28, 32)
These buttons are used to turn speaker sets A and B on and off.
O PHONES jack (33)
This 1/4-inch phone jack is for connecting a standard pair of
stereo headphones for private listening.
P DISPLAY button (32)
This button is used to display various information about the
currently selected source.
Q AUDIO SELECTOR button (28, 29)
This button is used to select the input signal format.
R Input selector buttons (24, 2830, 39)
These buttons are used to select the audio and video sources:
CD, DVD, TAPE, TUNER, VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, or VIDEO 3.
S SPEAKER ADJUST button (25, 26)
This button is used to adjust various speaker-related parame-
ters.
T AUDIO ADJUST button (37)
This button is used to set the Bass, Treble, Late Night, Cinema
Filter, Center Image, Panorama, Dimension, and Center Width
functions.
U VIDEO 3 INPUT connectors (15, 39)
These S-Video, composite video (RCA/phono), and analog
audio (RCA/phono) inputs can be used to connect a video
camera or games console.
Display
For detailed information, refer to the pages in parenthesis.
1 A & B speaker indicators (28, 32)
Indicator A lights up when speaker set A is on. Indicator B
lights up when speaker set B is on.
2 MUTING indicator (33)
This indicator ashes when the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is
muted.
3 Source/listening mode indicators (28, 36)
These indicators display information about the currently
selected source and listening mode.
4 Tuning indicators (30, 31)
TUNED (30): This indicator lights up when the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E is tuned into a radio station.
AUTO (30): This indicator lights up when the Auto Tuning
function is on.
RDS (European model only) (31): This indicator lights
up when the TX-SR501E is tuned into a radio station that sup-
ports RDS (Radio Data System).
MEMORY (31): This indicator lights up when programming
radio presets.
FM STEREO (31): This indicator lights up when the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is tuned into a stereo FM station.
5 SLEEP indicator (33)
This indicator lights up when the Sleep function has been set.
6 Message area
This area of the display shows various information about the
currently selected source.
1 2 3 4
5 6
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Controls & ConnectorsContinued
Rear Panel
For detailed information, refer to the pages in parenthesis.
A COMPONENT VIDEO (10, 12, 14, 16)
These RCA/phono connectors can be used to connect a TV,
DVD player, or other AV component with component video
inputs and outputs.
B AM ANTENNA (22, 23)
These push terminals are for connecting an AM antenna.
C FM ANTENNA (22, 23)
This connector is for connecting an FM antenna.
D FRONT SPEAKERS B (21)
These push terminals are for connecting speaker set B.
E FRONT SPEAKERS A, SURROUND SPEAKERS,
CENTER SPEAKER & SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER (21)
These terminal posts are for connecting speaker set A, includ-
ing the front, surround, center, and surround-back speakers.
They accept bare wires or banana plugs (European models
dont accept banana plugs).
F AC OUTLET (11)
This switched AC outlet can be used to supply power to
another AV component. The connector type depends on the
country in which you purchased your TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E.
G DIGITAL INPUT OPTICAL 1, 2 & COAXIAL (10,
13, 14, 1618)
These optical and coaxial connectors can be used to connect a
CD, DVD, or LD (laser disc) player, or other AV component
with digital outputs.
H SUBWOOFER PRE OUT (21)
This RCA/phono connector can be used to connect an active
subwoofer.
I CD IN (10, 17)
These RCA/phono connectors can be used to connect a CD
player with analog outputs.
J TAPE IN/OUT (10, 17, 18)
These RCA/phono connectors can be used to connect a cas-
sette recorder, MiniDisc recorder, or other recorder with ana-
log inputs and outputs.
K (19)
This (Remote Interactive) connector can be connected to
the connector on another Onkyo AV component, for
example, a CD player, DVD player, or cassette recorder. The
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es remote controller can then be used
to control that component. To use , you must make an ana-
log RCA/phono connection between your TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E and the other AV component, even if they are
connected digitally.
L VIDEO 1 IN/OUT & VIDEO 2 IN (10, 1416, 39)
These connectors can be used to connect a VCR or other AV
component. There are RCA/phono connectors for connecting
to stereo analog audio inputs and outputs, and S-Video and
composite video (RCA/phono) connectors for connecting to
video inputs and outputs.
M DVD IN/MULTI CH INPUT (10, 12, 13)
The FRONT, SURR, CENTER, and SUBWOOFER RCA/
phono connectors can be used to connect AV components with
multiple analog audio outputs, including DVD players with
individual 5.1 surround analog outputs. Theres an S-Video
input and composite video (RCA/phono) input for connecting
the video signal.
N MONITOR OUT (10, 12)
These S-Video and composite video (RCA/phono) outputs can
be connected to the video input on your TV or projector.
O VOLTAGE SELECTOR (Worldwide model only)
(5)
This voltage selector provides compatibility with power sys-
tems around the world.
Tip:
A turntable with a built-in preamp can be connected to a pair of
unused TX-SR501/TX-SR501E analog inputs. To connect a
turntable without a built-in preamp, youll need a commer-
cially available phono preamp. See pages 17 and 18 and the
instructions supplied with your phono preamp and turntable for
more information.
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75
AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
SWITCHED
100WMAX.
AC OUTLET
120V
VOLTAGE
SELECTOR
220-230V
1 6
7 8 9 J K M N O
4 5 3 2
L
Worldwide
model only
9
Controls & ConnectorsContinued
RC-518M (North American model)
RC-479S (other models)
This page describes only those buttons that can be used to
control the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E when the remote con-
troller is in RCVR mode (Receiver mode). The other modes,
and information on using the remote controller to control
your other AV components, are explained on page 40.
To select RCVR mode, press the [RCVR] button.
For detailed information, refer to the pages in parenthesis.
A SLEEP button (33)
This button is used to set the Sleep function. This function can
be set only with the remote controller.
B STANDBY/ON button (24)
This button is used to set the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to On or
Standby.
C Listening mode buttons (36)
These buttons are used to select the listening modes.
D CINE FLTR button (37)
This button is used to set the Cinema Filter function.
E LATE NIGHT button (37)
This button is used to set the Late Night function.
F TEST, CH SEL & LEVEL [ ] [ ] buttons (27, 29,
33)
These buttons are used to set the level of each speaker individ-
ually. This function can be set only with the remote controller.
G AUDIO SEL button (29)
This button is used to select analog or digital inputs for the
CD, DVD, TAPE, VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, and VIDEO 3 sources.
H Input selector buttons (28, 30, 39)
These buttons are used to select the audio and video sources:
CD, DVD, TAPE, TUNER, VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, and
VIDEO 3.
I MUTING button (33)
This button is used to mute the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. This
function can be set only with the remote controller.
J PRESET [ ] [ ] buttons (31)
These buttons are used to select radio presets.
K DIMMER button (32)
This button is used to adjust the display brightness.
L Remote Controller Mode buttons (28, 40, 42)
These buttons are used to select the remote controller modes.
To select RCVR mode, press the [RCVR] button.
M SP A & SP B buttons (28, 32)
These buttons are used to turn on and off speaker sets A and B
individually.
N AUDIO ADJUST button (37)
This button is used to set the Bass, Treble, Late Night, Cinema
Filter, Center Image, Panorama, Dimension, and Center Width
functions.
O ADJUST [ ] [ ] buttons (37)
These buttons are used to adjust the functions selected with
the AUDIO ADJUST button.
P VOLUME [ ] [ ] buttons (27, 28, 33)
These buttons are used to set the volume of the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E.
Remote ControllerRCVR Mode
1 J
K
2
3
4
5
M
O
6
7
9
L
N
P
8
Press this to select
RCVR mode
1 J
K
2
3
4
5
M
O
6
7
9
L
N
P
8
Press this to select
RCVR mode
10
Connecting Your AV Components
Read the manuals supplied with your AV components.
Dont connect the power cord until youve completed all
audio and video connections.
Optical Digital Inputs
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es optical digital connectors
have a shutter-type cover that opens when an optical plug is
inserted, and closes when its removed. Push the plug in all
the way.
RCA/phono AV Connection Color Coding
RCA/phono AV connections are usually color coded: red,
white, and yellow. Use red plugs to connect right-channel
audio inputs and outputs (typically labeled R). Use white
plugs to connect left-channel audio inputs and outputs (typi-
cally labeled L). And use yellow plugs to connect compos-
ite video inputs and outputs.
Push the plugs in all the way to make
a good connection.
To prevent interference, keep audio
and video cables away from power
cords and speaker cables.
Before Making Any Connections
Analog audio
Right (red)
Left (white)
(Yellow)
Right (red)
Left (white)
(Yellow)
Composite video
Wrong!
Right!
AV Cables & Connectors
Video
Component
video
Component video separates the luminance (Y) and color
difference signals (PR, PB), providing the best picture
quality. Some TV manufacturers label their component
video inputs differently.
S-Video
S-Video provides better picture quality than composite
video.
Composite
video
Composite video can be found on virtually all TVs,
VCRs, and video equipment.
Audio
Optical digital
Optical digital audio connections provide better audio
quality than analog connections. Audio quality is the
same as for coaxial.
Coaxial digital
Coaxial digital audio connections provide better audio
quality than analog connections. Audio quality is the
same as for optical.
Analog
RCA/phono analog audio connectors can be found on
virtually all AV components.
Multi-channel
connection
To connect an AV component with multiple analog audio
outputs, for example, a DVD player with individual 5.1
surround analog outputs, you need to make six connec-
tions, which can be done with three stereo RCA/phono
audio cables.
CR
CB
Y
CR
CB
PR
PB
P / /
/ /
R
PB
Y
Y PB PR
S VIDEO
VIDEO
OPTICAL
COAXIAL
L R
AUDIO
FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
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Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E offers several connection for-
mats for compatibility with a wide range of AV equipment.
The format you choose will depend on the formats supported
by your AV components. Use the following sections as a
guide.
When connecting video equipment, you need to make video
and audio connections.
Video Connection Formats
Video equipment can be connected to the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E using the following video connection formats:
composite video, S-Video, or component video, the latter
offering the best picture quality.
When choosing a connection format, bear in mind that the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E doesnt convert between formats, so
only output connectors of the same format as the input con-
nector will output a signal, as shown below.
For example, if you connect your DVD player to the
S-VIDEO DVD IN, a video signal will be output by the
S-VIDEO MONITOR OUT (for your TV) and the S-VIDEO
VIDEO 1 OUT (for your VCR), but not the composite video
or component video outputs.
Audio Connection Formats
Audio equipment can be connected to the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E using the following audio connection formats:
analog, optical, coaxial, and multi-channel (5.1).
When choosing a connection format, bear in mind that the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E doesnt convert between formats, as
shown below.
For example, audio signals connected to the OPTICAL or
COAXIAL digital input are not output by the analog TAPE
OUT connectors, so if you want to record from, for example,
your CD player, in addition to connecting it to a digital input,
you must also connect it to the analog CD IN connectors.
The switched AC outlet on the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es
rear panel can be used to supply power to another AV com-
ponent, as shown. The connector type depends on the country
in which you purchased your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Make sure that the wattage requirements of the AV compo-
nent that you connect to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es AC
outlet do not exceed the maximum wattage printed on the
rear panel.
Which Connections To Use?
TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E
DVD player,
etc.
TV,
projector,
etc.
Output Input IN OUT
Composite
S-Video
Component
Composite
S-Video
Component
Composite
S-Video
Component
DVD player,
etc.
TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E
MD recorder,
etc.
Output Input IN OUT
Optical Not output
Coaxial Not output
Analog
Multi-channel Not output
Analog
Optical
Coaxial
Analog
Multi-channel
Using the AC OUTLET
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
AC OUTLET
AC 120V 60 Hz
SWITCHED
120 W 1 A MAX.
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
AV component
12
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Using Composite Video
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO MONITOR OUT to a composite
video input on your TV, as shown.
Using S-Video
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO MONITOR OUT to an S-Video
input on your TV, as shown.
Using Component Video
Use a component video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COMPONENT VIDEO OUT connectors to
the component video inputs on your TV, as shown.
Video Connections
Using Composite Video
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO DVD IN to the composite video out-
put on your DVD player, as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via composite video.
Using S-Video
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO DVD IN to the S-Video output on
your DVD player, as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via S-Video.
Using Component Video
Use a component video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COMPONENT DVD IN connectors to the
component video outputs on your DVD player, as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via component video.
Connecting Your TV or Projector
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
VIDEO IN
TV, projector, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
MONITOR
OUT
S VIDEO
S VIDEO IN
TV, projector, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
Y
OUT
Y PB PR
PB
PR
COMPONENT
VIDEO IN
TV, projector, etc.
Connecting a DVD player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
DVD
IN
VIDEO OUT
DVD player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
DVD
S VIDEO OUT
DVD player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
DVD IN
Y
Y
PB PR
PB
PR
COMPONENT
VIDEO OUT
DVD player
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Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Audio Connections
Using Optical or Coaxial Connections
Use an optical digital audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es OPTICAL 1 DIGITAL INPUT
to the optical output on your DVD player, as shown.
OR
Use a coaxial digital audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COAXIAL DIGITAL INPUT to the coaxial
output on your DVD player, as shown.
Initially, the OPTICAL 1 digital input is assigned to the DVD
input source. If you connect your DVD player to a different
digital input, youll need to assign that input to the DVD
input source (see page 24).
Using Analog Connections
Even if your DVD player is connected digitally (coaxial or
optical), to use , or to record audio from your DVD
player, youll need to make analog connections as well.
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es FRONT DVD IN connectors to the analog
audio outputs on your DVD player, as shown.
If your DVD player has L/R outputs and multi-channel 5.1
outputs, be sure to use the L/R outputs.
Using Multi-channel Connections
Use a multi-channel RCA/phono audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es L/R FRONT, L/R SURR, CEN-
TER, and SUB WOOFER DVD IN connectors to the 5.1 ana-
log outputs on your DVD player, as shown.
Alternatively, use three stereo RCA/phono audio cables.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
1
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
COAXIAL
DVD player
Connect one or the other
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
L R
FRONT
DVD
L
R
AUDIO
OUTPUT
DVD player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER DVD
L
R
FRONT SURR
CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
R
DVD player
F
R
O
N
T

R
F
R
O
N
T

L
S
U
R
R

L
C
E
N
T
E
R
S
U
R
R

R
S
U
B
W
O
O
F
E
R
F
R
O
N
T

R
F
R
O
N
T

L
S
U
R
R

L
C
E
N
T
E
R
S
U
R
R

R
S
U
B
W
O
O
F
E
R
14
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Video Connections
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to the S-Video out-
put on your VCR, as shown. Your TV must also be con-
nected via S-Video.
OR
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to a composite video
output on your VCR, as shown. Your TV must also be con-
nected via composite video.
Audio Connections
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R VIDEO 2 IN connectors to the analog
audio outputs on your VCR, as shown.
Video connections
Use a component video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COMPONENT VIDEO 1/2/3 IN connectors
to the component video outputs on your D-VHS recorder, as
shown.
Your TV must also be connected via component video.
Audio connections
Use a coaxial digital audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COAXIAL DIGITAL INPUT to the coaxial
output on your D-VHS recorder, as shown.
OR
Use an optical digital audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es OPTICAL 2 DIGITAL INPUT
to the optical output on your D-VHS recorder, as shown.
You may need to change the input source to digital input
assignments (see page 24).
Connecting a VCR for Playback
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
L R
IN
IN
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 2
VIDEO
S VIDEO
S VIDEO OUT
VIDEO OUT
AUDIO
OUTPUT
VCR
Connect one
or the other
Connecting a D-VHS Recorder
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
OPTICAL
2
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
Y
PB
PR
COAXIAL
Y
PB
PR
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
COAXIAL
COMPONENT
VIDEO OUT
D-VHS recorder
Connect one
or the other
15
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
If your TV has AV outputs and you want to record from your
TV to your VCR via the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, make the
following connections.
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to an S-Video output
on your TV, and use another S-Video cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es S VIDEO VIDEO 1 OUT to an
S-Video input on your VCR, as shown.
OR
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to a composite video
output on your TV, and use another composite video cable
to connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es VIDEO VIDEO 1
OUT to a composite video input on your VCR, as shown.
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R VIDEO 2 IN connectors to the analog
audio outputs on your TV, and use another RCA/phono audio
cable to connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es L/R VIDEO 1
OUT connectors to the analog audio inputs on your VCR, as
shown.
Note:
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E must be turned on (not
Standby) in order to record.
If you want to record from your TV to your VCR without
going through the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, connect your
TVs AV outputs directly to your VCRs AV inputs. See the
manuals supplied with your TV and VCR for details.
Video Connections
Using S-Video
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO VIDEO 3 INPUT to the S-Video
output on your camcorder, games console, etc., as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via S-Video.
Using Composite Video
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO VIDEO 3 INPUT to the composite
video output on your camcorder, games console, etc., as
shown.
Your TV must also be connected via composite video.
Audio Connections
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R VIDEO 3 INPUT connectors to the ana-
log audio outputs on your camcorder, games console, etc., as
shown.
Connecting a VCR for Recording
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
L R
VIDEO 1
VIDEO
S VIDEO
VIDEO
S VIDEO
IN
IN
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2
L R
OUT
OUT
S VIDEO
OUT
VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO
OUTPUT
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
AUDIO
INPUT
TV
VCR
Connect one
or the other
Connect one
or the other
Connecting a Camcorder, Games
Console, etc.
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST SUBWOOFER
LEVEL CONTROL SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT CH SEL
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
LEVEL
ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
A B SPEAKERS
OFF ON
POWER
S VIDEO
S VIDEO OUT
Camcorder,
games console, etc.
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST SUBWOOFER
LEVEL CONTROL SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT CH SEL
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
LEVEL
ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
A B SPEAKERS
OFF ON
POWER
VIDEO VIDEO OUT
Camcorder,
games console, etc.
STANDBY/ON
OFF ON
POWER
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST SUBWOOFER
LEVEL CONTROL SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT CH SEL
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
LEVEL
ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
L
R
AUDIO L R
AUDIO
OUTPUT
A B SPEAKERS
Camcorder,
games console, etc.
16
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Video Connections
Using Composite Video
Use a composite video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to the composite video
output on your satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc., as
shown.
Your TV must also be connected via composite video.
Using S-Video
Use an S-Video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es S VIDEO VIDEO 2 IN to the S-Video output
on your satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc., as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via S-Video.
Using Component Video
Use a component video cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COMPONENT VIDEO 1/2/3 IN connectors
to the component video outputs on your satellite/cable tuner,
LD player, etc., as shown.
Your TV must also be connected via component video.
Audio Connections
Using Coaxial or Optical Connections
Use a coaxial digital audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COAXIAL DIGITAL INPUT to the coaxial
output on your satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc., as
shown.
OR
Use an optical digital audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es OPTICAL 2 DIGITAL INPUT
to the optical output on your satellite/cable tuner, LD
player, etc., as shown.
Initially, the VIDEO 2 input source is assigned to OPTICAL
2. If you connect to different audio input, youll need to
assign that input to the VIDEO 2 input source (see page 24).
Using Analog Connections
If your satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc., doesnt have dig-
ital audio outputs, or you want to record from it, youll need
to make the following analog connections.
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R VIDEO 2 IN connectors to the analog
audio outputs on your satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc., as
shown.
Note:
To connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to a LD players
AC-3RF output, you need a commercially available demod-
ulator.
Connecting a Satellite/Cable Tuner, LD
player, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
VIDEO 2
VIDEO OUT
Satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
VIDEO 2
S VIDEO OUT
Satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
Y
PB
PR
Y
PB
PR
COMPONENT
VIDEO OUT
Satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
COAXIAL
Connect one or the other
Satellite/cable tuner,
LD player, etc.
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
VIDEO 2
AUDIO
OUTPUT
L
R
Satellite/cable tuner, LD player, etc.
17
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Using Coaxial or Optical Connections
Use a coaxial digital audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COAXIAL DIGITAL INPUT to the coaxial
output on your CD player, as shown.
OR
Use an optical digital audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es OPTICAL 2 DIGITAL INPUT
to the optical output on your CD player, as shown.
Initially, the COAXIAL digital input is assigned to the CD
input source. If you connect your CD player to a different
digital input, youll need to assign that input to the CD input
source (see page 24).
Using Analog Connections
Even if your CD player is connected digitally (coaxial or
optical), to use , or to record audio from your CD player,
youll need to make analog connections as well.
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R CD IN connectors to the analog audio
outputs on your CD player, as shown.
Turntable with a Built-in Phono Preamp
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE IN connectors to the audio outputs
on your turntable, as shown.
Turntable without a Built-in Phono Preamp
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE IN connectors to the audio outputs
on your phono preamp, and use another RCA/phono audio
cable to connect the phono preamps inputs to your turntable,
as shown.
Connecting a CD Player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
COAXIAL OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
COAXIAL
Connect one or the other
CD player
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
CD
L
R
L
R
AUDIO
OUTPUT
CD player
Connecting a Turntable
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN
L
R
L
R
TAPE
AUDIO
OUTPUT
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
IN
TAPE
AUDIO
OUTPUT
AUDIO
OUTPUT
AUDIO
INPUT
Phono preamp
18
Connecting Your AV ComponentsContinued
Turntable with an MC-type (Moving Coil) Cartridge
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE IN connectors to the audio outputs
on your phono preamp. Use another RCA/phono audio cable
to connect the phono preamps inputs to your MC head amps
outputs. And use another RCA/phono audio cable to connect
the MC head amps inputs to your turntable, as shown.
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE IN connectors to the cassette
recorders outputs, and use another RCA/phono audio cable
to connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE OUT
connectors to the cassette recorders inputs, as shown.
Using Coaxial or Optical Connections (playback only)
Use a coaxial digital audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es COAXIAL DIGITAL INPUT to the coaxial
output on your DAT or CD/MD recorder, as shown.
OR
Use an optical digital audio cable to connect the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es OPTICAL 2 DIGITAL INPUT
to the optical output on your DAT or CD/MD recorder, as
shown.
You may need to change the input source to digital input
assignments (see page 24).
Using Analog Connections (recording & playback)
Use an RCA/phono audio cable to connect the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE IN connectors to the DAT or CD/
MD recorder outputs, and use another RCA/phono audio
cable to connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es L/R TAPE
OUT connectors to the DAT or CD/MD recorder inputs, as
shown.
Connecting a Cassette Recorder
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
IN
TAPE
AUDIO
OUTPUT
AUDIO
OUTPUT
AUDIO
INPUT
AUDIO
INPUT
Phono preamp
MC head amp
/
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
(IN) (OUT)
REC PLAY
IN OUT
TAPE
Connecting a DAT or CD/MD Recorder
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
COAXIAL
Connect one or the other
DAT or CD/MD
recorder
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
IN OUT
IN OUT
TAPE
DAT or CD/MD recorder
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Connecting -compatible AV Components
With (Remote Interactive) you can control your -
compatible Onkyo CD player, DVD player, or cassette
recorder with the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es remote control-
ler, and use the following special functions:
Auto Power On
When you turn on an AV component connected via while
the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is in Standby, the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E automatically turns on and selects that AV com-
ponent as the input source.
This function will not work if the AV components power
cord is connected to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es AC OUT-
LET, or if the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is already on.
Auto Source Select
When you press the play button on an AV component con-
nected via , the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E automatically
selects that AV component as the input source.
Auto Power Off
When you set the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to Standby, all AV
components connected via also enter Standby.
See page 40 for information on using the remote controller to
control the other functions of your -compatible AV com-
ponents.
To use , you need to connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es connector to the connector on the other AV component
with an cable. An cable is supplied with each -compatible CD player, DVD player, and cassette recorder.
Notes:
Push the plugs in all the way to make a good connection.
Use only cables for connections.
You must make an analog RCA/phono connection
between your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E and the other AV
component, even if they are connected digitally.
If an AV component has two connectors, you can con-
nect either one to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. The other
connector is for connecting additional -compatible
components.
Connect the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es connector to
only Onkyo AV components. Connecting to other manu-
facturers AV components may cause them to malfunction.
Some Onkyo -compatible AV components may not
support the special functions described above.
Connecting -compatible Components
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75
AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
AC OUTLET
AC 120 V 60 Hz
SWITCHED
120 W 1 A MAX.
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
Onkyo DVD player
cable
You must make an analog
RCA/phono connection
between your TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E and AV
component, even if they are
connected digitally.
Connecting several -compatible
Onkyo AV components
Disconnect the power
cord before making
any connections!
REMOTE
CONTROL
connector
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
Onkyo CD player
Onkyo cassette
recorder
connector
REMOTE
CONTROL
L
R
ANALOG
OUTPUT
DIGITAL OUT
OPTICAL
Example:
20
Installing Your Speakers
You can use two sets of speakers with your TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E: speaker set A and speaker set B.
With speaker set A, which should be installed in your main
listening room, and can be used with Dolby Digital or DTS
surround material, you can connect front-left, front-right,
center, surround-left, surround-right, surround-back, and
subwoofer speakers.
With speaker set B, which can be installed in another room,
and used with stereo or mono material, you can connect a
pair of standard hi- speakers.
Speaker-set B can be positioned in the standard position for
stereo speakers or where you like.
Speaker-set A, however, must be positioned at specic points
in your listening room to achieve the best results from sur-
round sound material. The following illustration shows the
best positions for your surround-sound speakers. Obviously,
the positions you choose will depend on the shape of your
room and the position of your TV or projector screen. Either
way, use this illustration as a guide and try to use the same
positions relative to your listening position.
To get the most from surround sound, you should connect all
seven speakers. However, if you dont connect a center
speaker or surround speakers, you can still enjoy surround
sound material by specifying the number of speakers con-
nected, and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will produce the
best surround sound possible with the available speakers. See
page 34.
Similarly, if you dont have a subwoofer, you can turn off the
subwoofer so that bass sounds are produced by the other
speakers. See page 25.
Front Speakers
Front speakers consist of front-left, front-right, and center
speakers. The center speaker adds directionality and move-
ment.
In general, the front-left, front-right, and center speakers
should be installed facing the listener at ear-level.
Surround Speakers
Surround speakers add a sense of movement and put you, the
listener, in the middle of the action.
The surround-left and surround-right speakers should be
installed at the sides, or slightly behind the listener, 23 ft.
(60100 cm) above ear level, and against the side walls.
The surround-back speaker should be installed behind the
listener also at 23 ft. (60100 cm) above ear level. Make
sure that the listening position is within the range of the
speakers.
Subwoofer
Youll need a subwoofer with a built-in power amp, whats
known as an active subwoofer, to achieve the best bass per-
formance.
The volume and quality of the bass output from your sub-
woofer will depend on its position, the shape of your listen-
ing room, and your listening position. In general, a good
bass sound can be obtained by installing the subwoofer in
a front corner, or at one-third the width of the wall, as
shown.
See the instructions supplied with your speakers for more
information.
Speaker cables are two-wire cables, with one wire for con-
necting to the positive (+) terminal, and one for connecting to
the negative () terminal.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es positive (+) speaker terminals
are color-coded for ease of identication. (The negative ()
speaker terminals are black.)
The supplied speaker labels are also color-coded and you
should attach them to the positive side of each speaker cable
as appropriate. For example, put the white labels on the pos-
itive sides of the front-left speaker cable, as shown below.
Positioning Your Speakers
TV/screen
Center
speaker
F
ro
n
t-
le
ft
s
p
e
a
k
e
r
F
ro
n
t-
rig
h
t
s
p
e
a
k
e
r
Sub-
woofer
Surround-back speaker
Surround-left
speaker
Surround-right
speaker
Attaching the Supplied Speaker Labels
Speaker terminal Color
Front left White
Front right Red
Center Green
Surround left Blue
Surround right Gray
Surround back Brown
Corner
1/3 wall
length
1/3 1/3
1/3
Front-left
speaker
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Installing Your SpeakersContinued
Before you connect your speakers, read the following:
Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet.
Read the instructions supplied with your speakers.
Pay close attention to speaker wiring polarity. In other
words, connect positive (+) terminals only to positive (+)
terminals, and negative () terminals only to negative ()
terminals. If you get them the wrong way around, the
sound will be out of phase and will sound odd.
Only use speakers with an impedance of between 6 and 16
ohms. Connecting speakers with an impedance of less than
6 ohms may damage your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Unnecessarily long, or very thin speaker cables may affect
the sound quality and should be avoided.
Be careful not to short the positive and
negative connections. Doing so may
damage your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Dont connect more than one cable to
each speaker terminal. Doing so may
damage your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
If you want to connect a single speaker instead of a pair of
speakers, dont connect it to both the left and right speaker
terminals.
Connecting Speaker Set A
Connecting Speaker Set B
The following illustration shows which speakers should be connected to which terminals.
Connecting Your Speakers
R
L
R
L
1
Strip 5/8" (15 mm) of insu-
lation from the ends of the
speaker cables, and twist
the bare wires tightly, as
shown.
2
Unscrew the terminal.
3
Fully insert the wire.
4
Screw the terminal tight.
1
Strip 3/8" (10 mm) of insu-
lation from the ends of the
speaker cables, and twist
the bare wires tightly, as
shown.
2
While pressing the lever, insert
the wire into the hole, and then
release the lever.
Make sure that the terminals are
gripping the bare wires, not the insu-
lation.
5/8" (15 mm)
3/8" (10 mm)
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75
AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
AC OUTLET
AC 120V 60 Hz
SWITCHED
120 W 1 A MAX.
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
Front-
left
speaker
Front-
right
speaker
Surround-
left
speaker
Surround-
right
speaker
Front-
left
speaker
Front-
right
speaker
Active
sub-
woofer
Center
speaker
Surround-
back
speaker
Speakers Set A
Speakers Set B
The SUBWOOFER PRE
OUT should be connected
to the input on your active
subwoofer. If your
subwoofer doesnt have an
amp built-in, youll need to
use an external amp. See
the manual supplied with
your subwoofer for more
information.
22
Connecting Antenna
This chapter explains how to connect the supplied indoor FM
antenna and AM loop antenna, and how to connect commer-
cially available outdoor FM and AM antennas.
The supplied indoor FM antenna is for indoor use only.
If you cannot achieve good reception with the supplied
indoor FM antenna, try a commercially available outdoor FM
antenna instead (see page 23).
The supplied indoor AM loop antenna is for indoor use only.
If you cannot achieve good reception with the supplied
indoor AM loop antenna, try using it with a commercially
available outdoor AM antenna (see page 23).
Connecting the Indoor FM Antenna
1
Attach the FM antenna, as shown.
North American Model
Other Models
Once your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is ready for use,
youll need to tune into an FM radio station and
adjust the position of the FM antenna to achieve the
best possible reception.
2
Use thumbtacks or something similar to x
the FM antenna into position.
Caution: Be careful that you dont injure yourself
when using thumbtacks.
L
R
R
L
R
L
ANTENNA
FM
75 AM
FRONT
SPEAKERS A
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SURROUND
SPEAKERS
CENTER
SPEAKER
R
L
SURROUND BACK
SPEAKER
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
SWITCHED
100W MAX.
AC OUTLET
120 V
VOLTAGE
SELECTOR
220-230V
AM antenna push terminals
FM antenna connector
FM
75
Insert the plug fully
into the socket.
FM
75
Insert the plug fully
into the socket.
Thumbtacks, etc.
Connecting the AM Loop Antenna
1
Assemble the AM loop antenna, inserting
the tabs into the base, as shown.
2
Connect both wires of the AM loop antenna
to the AM push terminals, as shown.
(The antennas wires are not polarity sensitive, so
they can be connected either way around).
Make sure that the wires are attached securely and
that the push terminals are gripping the bare wires,
not the insulation.
Once your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is ready for use,
youll need to tune into an AM radio station and
adjust the position of the AM antenna to achieve the
best possible reception. Keep the antenna as far away
as possible from your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, TV,
speaker cables, and power cords.
AM
Push Insert wire Release
23
Connecting AntennaContinued
If you cannot achieve good reception with the supplied
indoor FM antenna, try a commercially available outdoor FM
antenna instead.
Notes:
Outdoor FM antennas work best outside, but usable results can
sometimes be obtained when installed in an attic or loft.
For best results, install the outdoor FM antenna well away for tall
buildings, preferably with a clear line of sight to your local FM
transmitter.
Outdoor antenna should be located away from possible noise
sources, such as neon signs, busy roads, etc.
For safety reasons, outdoor antenna should be situated well away
from power lines and other high-voltage equipment.
Outdoor antenna must be grounded in accordance with local reg-
ulations to prevent electrical shock hazards. See item 14 of the
Important Safeguards on page 2 of this manual.
Using the 75/300-ohm Antenna Adapter
The 75/300-ohm Antenna Adapter is not supplied with North
American and European models.
The 75/300-ohm antenna adapter can be used to connect an
FM antenna using either 75-ohm coaxial cable or 300-ohm
twin-core at cable.
Connecting 300-ohm Flat Cable
Connecting 75-ohm Coaxial Cable
Using a TV/FM Antenna Splitter
Its best not to use the same antenna for both FM and TV
reception, as this can cause interference problems. If circum-
stances demand it, use a TV/FM antenna splitter, as shown.
If good reception cannot be achieved using the supplied AM
loop antenna, an outdoor AM antenna can be used in addition
to the loop antenna, as shown.
Outdoor AM antennas work best when installed outside hor-
izontally, but good results can sometimes be obtained
indoors by mounting horizontally above a window. Note that
the AM loop antenna should be left connected.
Outdoor antenna must be grounded in accordance with local
regulations to prevent electrical shock hazards. See item 14
of the Important Safeguards on page 2 of this manual.
Connecting an Outdoor FM Antenna
1
Using a screwdriver, loosen the
two screws on the adapter, wrap
the bare wires around the
screws, and then retighten them,
as shown.
2
Plug the adapter into the 75 socket.
1
Strip and prepare the
75 ohm coaxial cable, as
shown.
2
Using your ngernails or a small screw-
driver, lever the adapters tabs outward and
remove the cover, as shown.
FM
75



6
mm
3
mm
6
mm
1/4" 1/8" 1/4"
15 mm
5/8"
3
Move the small wire inside the adapter from
position A to position B, as shown.
4
Insert the central conductor (1), as shown,
and use a small pair of pliers to clamp the
shielding and outer insulation sections of
the cable (2), as shown.
Make sure the shielding is not touching the central
conductor.
5
Ret the adapters cover, and then plug the
adapter into the 75 socket.
Connecting an Outdoor AM Antenna
Position A
Wire
Position B



2
1

TV/FM antenna splitter


To AV reciever
To TV (or VCR)
AM
AM loop antenna
Outdoor antenna (aerial)
Insulated antenna cable
24
Powering Up & Setting Up the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
This chapter explains basic settings that you need to make in
order to enjoy your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E after turning it
on for the very rst time. These include, assigning input
sources to digital inputs, specifying the number of speakers,
and setting the subwoofer mode, as explained on pages 24
and 25.
Before connecting the power cord, connect all your speakers
and AV components (see page 10 to page 21).
With this function you can assign AV components (i.e., input
sources) with digital audio outputs to the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es digital inputs. You only need to change these
assignments if your connections dont match the default
assignments listed in the following table.
If, for example, you connect your DVD players coaxial dig-
ital audio output to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es COAXIAL
DIGITAL INPUT, youll need to change the DVD input
source assignment from OPTICAL 1 to COAXIAL.
You can change the assignments as follows.
Powering Up the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
1
Connect the power cord to a suit-
able wall outlet.
Turning on the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
may cause a momentary power surge that
might interfere with other electrical
equipment on the same circuit. If this is a
problem, plug the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E into a different branch cir-
cuit.
2
Press the [POWER] switch to turn
on the power (does not apply to the
North American model).
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E enters
Standby mode, and the STANDBY indi-
cator comes on.
Notes:
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is shipped
with the [POWER] switch in the ON
position.
To completely shutdown the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, press the
[POWER] switch.
The remote controller has no effect
while the [POWER] switch in the OFF
position.
3
Press the [STANDBY/ON] button.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E comes on,
the display lights up, and the STANDBY
indicator goes off.
To turn off the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E,
press the [STANDBY/ON] button. The
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will enter
Standby mode. To prevent any loud sur-
prises the next time you turn on your
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, always turn
down the volume before turning it off.
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
A B SPEAKERS
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
OFF ON
POWER
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
A B SPEAKERS
STANDBY/ON STANDBY/ON
POWER
STANDBY/ON
North American
model
Other models
OFF ON
POWER
STANDBY/ON
Remote controller
ImportantFirst Time Setup
Assigning Digital Inputs to Input Sources
Input source DIGITAL INPUT
DVD OPTICAL 1
VIDEO 1 Not assigned
VIDEO 2 OPTICAL 2
VIDEO 3 Not assigned
TAPE Not assigned
CD COAXIAL
1
Press the input selector button for
the source that you want to assign:
[DVD], [VIDEO 1], [VIDEO 2],
[VIDEO 3], [TAPE], or [CD].
The selected source appears on the dis-
play. (The value next to the input source is
the volume setting.)
2
Press the [DIGITAL INPUT] button.
The current source assignment appears, as
shown.
3
Use the [DIGITAL INPUT] button to
select COAX (COAXIAL), OPT1
(OPTICAL 1), OPT2 (OPTICAL 2), or
(no assignment).
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
SPEAKER ADJUST SUBWOOFER MODE
PRESET/ADJUST DIGITAL INPUT TAPE
Input selector buttons
VIDEO 2
TAPE TUNER CD
VIDEO 3 DVD VIDEO 1
VCR
DIGITAL INPUT
DIGITAL INPUT
25
Powering Up & Setting Up the TX-SR501/TX-SR501EContinued
If youve connected a MiniDisc recorder to the TAPE
inputs, you can set the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E so that
MD appears on the display instead of TAPE. Simply
press and hold the [TAPE] button until MD appears (about
two seconds).
Notes:
For AV components that are connected to only analog
inputs, choose the setting.
If you dont press the [DIGITAL INPUT] button for three
seconds, the previous display reappears.
You can also specify a signal format for the DIGITAL
INPUTs (page 28).
With this function you can specify the number of speakers
that you are using.
Notes:
Since some listening modes require a minimum number of
speakers, when you change the above setting, the listening
mode may change as well (see page 34).
This setting cannot be set if a pair of headphones are con-
nected, speaker set B is on, or Multich is selected.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E remembers this setting, so
you only need to set it once.
With this function you can choose the surround channels
from which the subwoofers output is derived.
Notes:
If you use Mode 2 or Mode 3 with the Stereo listening
mode, your subwoofer may produce no sound when you
play material in certain surround formats, including
2-channel Dolby Digital, DTS, etc.
The subwoofer mode cannot be set if a pair of headphones
are connected, speaker set B is on, or Multich is selected.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E remembers the subwoofer
mode setting, so you only need to set it once.
Specifying the Number of Speakers
1
Press the [SPEAKER ADJUST]
button.
The current speaker conguration is dis-
played.
2
Use the PRESET/ADJUST [ ] [ ]
buttons to specify the number of
speakers.
The available settings are shown below.
SPEAKER ADJUST
PRESET/ADJUST
Front left Center Front right
Surround left
Surround back
Surround right
6 speakers
5 speakers
4 speakers
3 speakers
2 speakers
Setting the Subwoofer Mode
1
Press the [SUBWOOFER MODE]
button once.
The current subwoofer mode is displayed.
2
Press the [SUBWOOFER MODE]
button repeatedly to select the fol-
lowing modes:
If you dont press the [SUBWOOFER
MODE] button for three seconds, the pre-
vious display reappears.
See page 28 for information on playing your AV compo-
nents through the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
To get the most out of your TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, you
should also set the functions on pages 26 and 27.
SUBWOOFER
MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE
Parameter Description
Subwoofer
Mode 1
The subwoofer outputs
the low frequencies of all
channels.
Subwoofer
Mode 2
The subwoofer outputs
the low frequencies of the
center and surround
channels only.
Subwoofer
Mode 3
The subwoofer outputs
the LFE (Low Frequency
Effects) channel of 6.1
source material.
Subwoofer
Off
The subwoofer output is
off. Choose this setting if
youre not using a sub-
woofer, or want to turn off
your subwoofer.
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Conguring Speaker Set A
This chapter describes how to congure speaker set A to
achieve the best results from your surround sound system.
There is no speaker conguration for speaker set B.
Before conguring, you must:
Disconnect any headphones (see page 33)
Turn off speaker set B (see page 32)
Make sure that Multich is off (see page 29)
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E stores each setting, so you
only need to congure your speakers once.
To achieve the best bass performance from your speaker sys-
tem, you need to set the crossover frequency according to the
size and frequency response of your subwoofer and other
speakers (front, center, and surround).
If youre not using a subwoofer, bass sounds are output by the
other speakers and this setting has no effect.
To get the best from surround sound, its important that the
sound from each speaker reaches the listener at the same
time. To achieve this, you need to specify the distance from
the listening position to each speaker.
Notes:
The Center and Subwoofer distances should be up to 5 ft.
(1.5 m) more or less than the Front distance. For example,
if the Front distance is set to 20 ft. (6 m), you should set the
Center and Subwoofer distances between 15 and 25 ft. (4.5
and 7.5 m).
The SurrRight, Surr Left, and Surr Back distances should
be up to 5 ft. (1.5 m) more or 15 ft. (4.5 m) less than the
Front distance. For example, if the Front distance is set to
20 ft. (6 m), you should set the SurrRight, Surr Left, and
Surr Back distances between 5 and 25 ft. (1.5 and 7.5 m).
Setting the Crossover Frequency
1
Press the [SPEAKER ADJUST] but-
ton twice.
The current crossover frequency is dis-
played.
2
Use the PRESET/ADJUST [ ] [ ]
buttons to select a crossover fre-
quency.
You can select: 60 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz,
120 Hz, or 150 Hz.
The following table lists the crossover fre-
quency you should choose depending on
the diameter of your front speakers.
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
PRESET/ADJUST
SPEAKER ADJUST
SPEAKER ADJUST
PRESET/ADJUST
Front speaker
diameter
Crossover
frequency
Larger than 8 inch
(20 cm)
60 Hz
6-1/28 inch
(1620 cm)
80 Hz
5-1/46-1/2 inch
(1316 cm)
100 Hz (default)
3-1/25-1/4 inch
(913 cm)
120 Hz
Less than 3-1/2 inch
(9 cm)
150 Hz
For a more accurate setting, look up the
frequency response in the manuals sup-
plied with your speakers and set accord-
ingly. In addition, listen to some music
that you know well and choose a higher
crossover frequency if you think theres
not enough sound coming from the sub-
woofer; a lower setting if you think theres
too much.
Specifying Speaker Distances
1
Measure and make a note of the
distance from the listening position
to each speaker.
You can specify speaker distances of
between 1 and 30 ft. in 1 ft. steps (0.3 and
9 meters in 0.3 meter steps).
2
Press the [SPEAKER ADJUST] but-
ton three times. Distance Setup
appears on the display. Press the
button again to select one of the
following parameters.
3
Use the PRESET/ADJUST [ ] [ ]
buttons to specify the speaker dis-
tance.
Use the [DISPLAY] button to select
meters or feet.
4
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all six
parameters.
SPEAKER ADJUST
Parameter Description
Front
Front-left and front-right
speakers
Center Center speaker
SurrRight Surround-right speaker
Surr Back Surround-back speaker
Surr Left Surround-left speaker
Subwoofer Subwoofer
PRESET/ADJUST
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Conguring Speaker Set AContinued
With this function you can adjust the volume of each individ-
ual speaker so that you can hear all speakers equally at the
listening position.
Note:
You cannot use this function while the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E is muted (see page 33).
Note:
If no adjustments are made for two minutes, this function is
cancelled automatically and the previous display reappears.
Adjusting Individual Speaker Volume
1
Press the remote controllers
[TEST] button, and turn up the vol-
ume so that you can hear the test
tone sufciently.
While each speaker outputs the test tone
(pink noise), its name appears on the dis-
play, as shown.
2
Use the remote controllers
[CH SEL] button to select each
speaker, and use the LEVEL [ ] [ ]
buttons to adjust the volume.
Speakers are selected in the following
order: Left Center Right Surr
Right Surr Back Surr Left Sub-
woofer.
You can adjust the volume of each
speaker from 12 dB to +12 dB.
Notes:
Only speakers that are included in the
current conguration output the test
tone. See Specifying the Number of
Speakers on page 25.
The subwoofer will not output the test
tone if its off. See Setting the Sub-
woofer Mode on page 25.
If you dont press any buttons for two
seconds, the next speaker is selected
automatically.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
LEVEL /
CH SEL
TEST
VOLUME /
3
When youve adjusted each
speaker, press the remote control-
lers [TEST] button.
The test tone stops and the previous dis-
play reappears.
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Playing Your AV Components
This chapter explains how you can play your AV components
through the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
See pages 1019 for information on connecting your AV
components to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Using Digital Inputs
The digital input assigned to the input source (see page 24)
has priority over that input sources analog input. To use the
analog input, set the input sources format to Analog (see the
following section).
The format of the digital input signal appears on the display,
as shown: DOLBY DIGITAL, DTS, DTS-ES, or PCM (ste-
reo).
Other Functions:
See page 32 for functions that you can use while listening to
your AV components.
Listening Modes:
See page 34 for information on the listening modes that you
can use while listening to your AV components.
Remote Controller:
See pages 40, 41 for information on using the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es remote controller to control your other AV
components.
With this function you can choose which signal format (ana-
log or digital) you want to use for AV components that are
connected to a digital input and analog input. When an input
source is assigned to an OPTICAL or COAXIAL digital
input (page 24), the digital input has priority over the corre-
sponding analog input. However, with this function you can
override that and force the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to use the
analog input. In addition, you can set the DVD input source
to use the multi-channel inputs.
Selecting the Source AV Component
1
Use the following input selector
buttons to select the AV compo-
nent: [DVD], [VIDEO 1], [VIDEO 2],
[VIDEO 3], [TAPE], or [CD].
The name of the selected source appears
on the display, as shown.
If youre using a MiniDisc recorder, you
can set the display to show MD instead
of TAPE. See page 25.
2
Use the SPEAKERS [A] and [B] but-
tons, or the remote controllers
[SP A] and [SP B] buttons to select
the speaker set that you want to
use.
Press the remote controllers [RCVR/
TAPE] button to select RCVR mode
before using the remote controller.
The A and B speaker indicators show
whether each speaker set is on or off.
3
Start playback on the selected AV
component.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
VOLUME /
SP A
SP B
SPEAKER
A&B
MASTER
VOLUME
AUDIO
SELECTOR
LEVEL /
CH SEL
AUDIO SEL
Input selector
buttons
Input selec-
tor buttons
Press [RCVR/
TAPE] to select
RCVR mode.
VIDEO 2
TAPE TUNER CD
VIDEO 3 DVD VIDEO 1
VCR
Remote controller
A & B speakers indicators Volume
Selected input source
A B SPEAKERS
Remote controller
4
To adjust the volume, use the MAS-
TER VOLUME control, or the
remote controllers VOLUME [ ]
[ ] buttons.
The volume can typically be set to MIN, 1
though 79, or MAX.
Setting the Input Signal Format
1
Press the input selector button for
the source that you want to set:
[DVD], [VIDEO 1], [VIDEO 2],
[VIDEO 3], [TAPE], or [CD].
The name of the selected source appears
on the display.
2
Press the [AUDIO SELECTOR] but-
ton.
The current format appears on the display
for about three seconds.
MASTER VOLUME
Remote controller
PCM DOLBY DIGITAL DTS
DTS-ES
VIDEO 2
TAPE TUNER CD
VIDEO 3 DVD VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
29
Playing Your AV ComponentsContinued
While Auto is displayed, the name of the digital input cur-
rently assigned to the input source (page 24) is displayed in
parenthesis. For example, Auto (COAX). The possible
inputs are OPT1, OPT2, and COAX.
The options are explained below.
Auto: The assigned digital input will have priority over the
analog inputs. If no digital signal is present, the analog inputs
will be used.
Analog: The analog inputs will be used even if the input
source (i.e., AV component) is connected digitally.
Multich: The multi-channel inputs will be used even if the
input source is connected digitally.
Notes:
When you assign an input source to COAX, OPT1, or
OPT2 on page 24, if the signal format for that input source
was previously set to Analog, its automatically set to Auto.
When you assign an input source to on page 24,
if the signal format for that input source was previously set
to Auto, its automatically set to Analog.
Fixing the signal format at DTS or PCM
If you experience either of the following issues when playing
DTS or PCM source material with the Auto setting, you can
x the signal format at PCM or DTS, as explained below.
If the beginnings of tracks from a PCM source are cut off
in Auto mode, try xing the format at PCM.
If noise is produced when fast forwarding or reversing a
DTS format CD or LD in Auto mode, try xing the format
at DTS.
1) To x the signal format, use the [AUDIO SELECTOR]
button, or the remote controllers [AUDIO SEL] button to
select Auto.
2) While Auto is being displayed, use the PRESET/
ADJUST [ ] [ ] buttons to select: PCM, DTS, or Auto.
When the digital signal format is xed at DTS or PCM,
only signals in the corresponding format will be output.
Digital signals in other formats will be ignored, and the
DTS or PCM indicator, depending on which format you
have set, will ash.
The multi-channel inputs are for connecting an AV compo-
nent with individual 5.1-surround analog outputs, such as a
DVD player or MPEG decoder.
See Connecting Your AV Components on page 13 for con-
nection information.
You can adjust the volume level of each individual speaker as
you like. For the front-left, front-right, center, surround-left,
and surround-right speakers, you can adjust the volume from
12 dB to +12 dB. The subwoofer can be adjusted from
30 dB to +12 dB.
Note that these settings work independently of the individual
speaker volume settings on page 27.
Enabling the Tone Controls
To use the Bass and Treble functions with the multi-channel
inputs, rst you need to enable them. To do this, press the
[SURROUND] button. Tone On appears on the display.
You can now use the [AUDIO ADJUST] button to select the
Bass and Treble functions and adjust as explained on
page 37. To switch off the Bass and Treble functions, press
the [DIRECT] button. Tone Off appears on the display.
Notes:
To use the multi-channel inputs, you must connect an AV
component with individual 5.1-surround analog outputs to
the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es multi-channel inputs.
You can select Multich only when the DVD input source is
selected.
While Multich is selected, you cant select a listening
mode. If you select Multich while using a listening mode,
the listening mode will be cancelled.
While Multich is selected, the speaker conguration set-
ting (page 25) is ignored, so even if you have specied two
speakers, the multi-channel input signals will be fed to the
front-left, front-right, center, surround-left, and surround-
right speakers regardless.
While Multich is selected, the subwoofer mode (page
page 25) is ignored, so even if you have specied Sub-
woofer Off, the signal connected to the SUBWOOFER
DVD IN will be fed to the SUBWOOFER PRE OUT
regardless.
3
While the format is being dis-
played, use the [AUDIO SELEC-
TOR] button to select: Auto,
Analog, or Multich (DVD input
source only).
AUDIO
SELECTOR Using the Multi-Channel Inputs
1
Press the remote controllers [DVD]
input selector button, then [AUDIO
SEL] button to select Multich.
Start playback on the AV compo-
nent.
2
To adjust the volume of an individ-
ual speaker, use the remote con-
trollers [CH SEL] button to select
it, and then use the LEVEL [ ] [ ]
buttons.
Remote
controller
30
Using the Tuner
This chapter explains how to use the built-in tuner.
You can store your favorite radio stations as presets for con-
venient selection.
If youre using the Worldwide model (i.e., your TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E has a VOLTAGE SELECTOR on the rear
panel), you need to set the AM tuning interval for compati-
bility with AM broadcasts in your particular country. The ini-
tial setting is 9 kHz.
North America: 10 kHz
Other countries: 9 kHz
Note:
All presets are deleted when you change this setting.
If you selected the FM band:
The AUTO indicator appears on the display and the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E searches for the next station auto-
matically. Searching stops when a station is found, and the
TUNED and FM STEREO indicators appear, as shown.
The North American model searches the FM band in
0.1 MHz intervals. For other models its 0.05 MHz.
If you selected the AM band:
The frequency stops changing when you release the TUN-
ING button. The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E doesnt automati-
cally search for AM stations. You must use the TUNING [ ]
[ ] buttons. Press repeatedly to change the frequency one
interval at a time, or press and hold to quickly change the
frequency. When youre tuned into a station, the TUNED
indicator appears.
The North American model steps through the AM band in
10 kHz intervals. For other models its 9 kHz.
Setting the AM Tuning Interval
(Worldwide model only)
To set the AM tuning interval, while
holding down the [TUNER] button,
press the [MEMORY] button.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
TUNER
PRESET /
TUNER MEMORY
FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
TUNING
PRESET/ADJUST
TUNER
FM MODE MEMORY
CLEAR
Tuning into Radio Stations
1
Use the [TUNER] input selector
button to select either AM or FM.
In this example, the FM band has been
selected.
2
To adjust the volume, use the MAS-
TER VOLUME control.
The volume can typically be set to MIN, 1
though 79, or MAX.
3
Press and hold the TUNING [ ] or
[ ] button for more than half a sec-
ond and then release it.
4
To ne-tune the frequency, use the
TUNING [ ] [ ] buttons.
If youve selected the FM band, be careful
that you dont press either button for more
than half a second, otherwise the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will start search-
ing for the next station.
TUNER
Band Frequency
MASTER VOLUME
TUNING
TUNED AUTO
FM STEREO
TUNING
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Using the TunerContinued
Tuning into weak FM stations
If the signal strength of the station you are trying to tune into
is poor, you may not be able to tune into that station, or recep-
tion may be noisy. In this case, press the [FM MODE] button
to select mono mode and disable auto-tuning (the AUTO and
FM STEREO indicators will go off), and try tuning manu-
ally.
Using RDS (European models only)
When tuned into an RDS (Radio Data System) station that's
broadcasting PS (Program Service Name) information, the
RDS indicator appears, as shown, and the name of the station
appears on the display. Only European models support RDS,
and only in areas where RDS is used.
You can store up to 30 of your favorite radio stations as pre-
sets.
You can easily select previously stored presets as follows.
You can delete unwanted presets as follows.
Other Functions:
See page 32 for functions that you can use while listening to
the radio.
Listening Modes:
See page 34 for information on the listening modes that you
can use while listening to the radio.
Presetting Radio Stations
1
Tune into the station that you want
to store as a preset.
See Tuning into Radio Stations on
page 30 for more information.
2
Press the [MEMORY] button.
The preset number ashes.
3
While the MEMORY indicator is dis-
played (about 8 seconds), use the
[PRESET/ADJUST] [ ] [ ] buttons
to select a preset from 1 through
30.
In this example, preset #3 has been
selected.
4
Press the [MEMORY] button to
store the station.
The station is stored and the preset num-
ber stops ashing.
Repeat this procedure for all of your
favorite radio stations.
FM MODE MEMORY
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
FM MODE MEMORY
CLEAR
Selecting Preset Stations
1
Use the [TUNER] input selector
button to select either AM or FM.
In this example, the FM band has been
selected.
2
Use the [PRESET/ADJUST] [ ] [ ]
buttons, or the remote controllers
PRESET [ ] [ ] buttons to select
the presets.
In this example, preset #3 has been
selected.
Deleting Presets
1
Select the preset that you want to
delete.
See the previous section for more infor-
mation.
In this example, preset #3 has been
selected.
2
While holding down the [MEMORY]
button, press the [FM MODE] but-
ton.
The selected preset is deleted and its num-
ber disappears from the display, as shown.
TUNER
Remote controller
PRESET/ADJUST
Remote controller
FM MODE MEMORY
CLEAR
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Common Functions
This chapter explains functions that can be used with any
input source.
You can turn on and off speaker sets A and B individually.
Note:
When you turn on speaker set B, the listening mode for
speaker set A is set to Stereo.
With this function you can adjust the brightness of the dis-
play.
This section explains how to display information about the
currently selected input source.
When the input source is not AM or FM:
* If the input signal is analog, no sound format information
is displayed. For non-PCM digital sources, the sound format
is displayed. This information is displayed for about three
seconds, then the previously displayed information reap-
pears.
When the input source is AM or FM:
When the input source is an RDS radio station broadcast-
ing PS information (European models only):
* This information is displayed for about ve seconds, then
the previously displayed information reappears.
Turning Speaker Sets On & Off
To turn on or off speaker set A, use
the SPEAKER [A] button, or the
remote controllers [SP A] button.
To turn on or off speaker set B, use
the SPEAKER [B] button, or the
remote controllers [SP B] button.
Press the remote controllers [RCVR/
TAPE] button to select RCVR mode
before using the remote controller.
Indicator A lights up when speaker set A
is on. Indicator B lights up when speaker
set B is on.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
MUTING
DIMMER
SLEEP
DIMMER PHONES
SP A
SP B
SPEAKERS A & B
LEVEL /
TEST
CH SEL
VOLUME /
DISPLAY
Press [RCVR/
TAPE] to select
RCVR mode.
A B SPEAKERS
Remote controller
A & B speakers indicators
Setting the Display Brightness
Use the [DIMMER] button to select:
dim, dimmer, or normal brightness.
Displaying Source Information
Press the [DISPLAY] button.
Press the [DISPLAY] button repeatedly to
cycle through all the information avail-
able for the current input source.
DIMMER
Remote controller
DISPLAY
Input source
& volume
Sound format*
Input source
& listening
mode
Band, frequency
& preset #
Band &
listening mode
Station name
& preset #
Band, frequency
& preset #*
Band &
listening mode
33
Common FunctionsContinued
With this function you can temporarily mute the output of the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Muting is cancelled when the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is set
to Standby.
With this function you can adjust the volume level of each
individual speaker as you like. Unlike the individual speaker
volume settings described on page 27, these adjustments can
be carried out while listening to your favorite music, and they
are temporary (i.e., they are not saved when the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E is set to Standby), although you can save them
if you want.
To cancel this function, press the [CH SEL] button repeat-
edly until the previous display appears.
To save your adjustments, updating the settings described on
page 27, press the [TEST] button.
Notes:
You cannot use this function while the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is
muted (see page 33).
Only speakers that are included in the current conguration can
be adjusted. See Specifying the Number of Speakers on
page 25.
The subwoofer cannot be selected if the subwoofer mode is set to
Subwoofer Off (page 25).
With the sleep timer you can set the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
so that it automatically turns off after a set period.
You can connect a pair of stereo headphones (1/4-inch phone
plug) to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es PHONES jack for pri-
vate listening, as shown.
Notes:
Always turn down the volume before connecting your
headphones.
Speaker sets A and B are turned off while the headphones
plug is inserted in the PHONES jack.
When you connect a pair of headphones to the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E, the listening mode is set to Stereo, unless its
already set to Stereo or Direct. When you disconnect the
headphones, the previous listening mode is selected.
When you use the multi-channel inputs, only the front-left
and front-right channels can be heard in the headphones.
Muting the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
(remote controller only)
Press the remote controllers
[MUTING] button.
The output is muted and the MUTING
indicator ashes on the display, as shown.
To unmute the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E, press the remote
controllers [MUTING] button again,
or adjust the volume.
The output is unmuted and the MUTING
indicator goes off.
Adjusting the Speaker Balance
Temporarily
1
Use the remote controllers
[CH SEL] button to select each
speaker, and use the LEVEL [ ] [ ]
buttons to adjust the volume.
Speakers are selected in the following
order: Left Center Right Surr
Right Surr Back Surr Left Sub-
woofer.
You can adjust the volume of each
speaker from 12 dB to +12 dB.
The name of the currently selected
speaker and its volume appear on the dis-
play, as shown.
Remote controller
Using the Sleep Timer
(remote controller only)
Press the [SLEEP] button repeat-
edly to select the required sleep
time.
You can set the sleep time from 90 to 10
minutes in 10 minute steps.
The SLEEP indicator appears on the dis-
play when the sleep timer has been set, as
shown. The specied sleep time appears
on the display for about ve seconds, then
the previous display reappears.
To cancel the sleep timer, press the
[SLEEP] button repeatedly until the
SLEEP indicator disappears.
To check the remaining sleep time,
press the [SLEEP] button. Note that if you
press the [SLEEP] button while the sleep
time is being displayed, youll shorten the
sleep time by 10 minutes.
Using Headphones
Remote controller
SLEEP indicator
34
Using the Listening Modes
With its built-in surround-sound decoders and DSP pro-
grams, the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E can transform your home
listening room into a movie theater or concert hall.
To get the most from surround sound, its important that you
install and congure your speakers correctly. See Installing
Your Speakers on page 20 and Conguring Speaker Set A
on page 26 for information.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E provides a number of listening
modes for use with various types of source material, includ-
ing Dolby Digital, DTS, Pro Logic II, and Neo:6. In addition,
you can use the special Onkyo DSP programs, Orchestra,
Unplugged, and so on, to add surround effects to stereo
sources.
Listening mode availability depends on the format of the cur-
rently selected input signal. For example, the Dolby Digital
listening modes are available only while a Dolby Digital for-
mat signal is being received. Likewise, the DTS listening
modes are available only while a DTS format signal is being
received.
The following table lists all the possible listening modes and
indicates which modes can be selected for each source for-
mat. The Speakers column lists the minimum number of
speakers (excluding subwoofer) necessary to use each mode.
The adjacent diagram graphically indicates which speakers
are actually used in that mode. If you use less than the mini-
mum number of speakers, some modes will not be available.
See page 20 for information on connecting the necessary
speakers, and see page 25 for information specifying the
number of speakers connected.
* This is the minimum number of speakers (excluding subwoofer) necessary to use each mode.
The adjacent diagrams graphically indicate which speakers are actually used in each mode: black means used, white means not used.
About the Listening Modes
Source format
Analog/
PCM
96 kHz
PCM
Dolby Digital DTS
Listening mode Speakers* 2-channel Others 5.1 6.1
Direct 2
Stereo 2
PL II Movie
(Pro Logic II Movie)
3
PL II Music
(Pro Logic II Music)
3
Neo: Cinema
(DTS Neo:6 Cinema)
3
Neo: Music
(DTS Neo:6 Music)
4
Dolby D
(Dolby Digital)
3
Dolby D EX
(Dolby Digital EX)
6
DTS 3
DTS-ES 6 Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1
Orchestra 4
Unplugged 4
Studio-Mix 4
TV Logic 4
All Ch St 4
Center
Front right
Subwoofer
Sur right
Sur back
Sur left
Front left
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Using the Listening ModesContinued
The listening modes are explained below.
Basic Modes
Direct: The selected input source is fed directly to the power-
amp stages and through to the front left and right speakers
with minimal processing. Use this mode when watching an
old movie that has a mono soundtrack, when listening to
either the left or right channel of multilingual material, or
when playing a DVD or other source that has multiplexed
audio, such as a karaoke DVD.
Stereo: The selected input source is processed as a stereo
signal and output by the front left and right speakers and sub-
woofer. Use this mode when listening to stereo sources.
Surround Modes
Pro Logic II Movie: Dolby Pro Logic II
Movie mode decoding for 5.1 surround.
Use this mode with DVDs and videos that bear the Dolby
Surround logo or TV programs that feature Dolby Surround.
You can also use this mode with stereo movies or TV pro-
grams and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will create a 5.1 sur-
round mix.
Pro Logic II Music: Dolby Pro Logic II Music mode. Use
this mode to add 5.1 surround to stereo sources such as music
CDs.
DTS Neo:6 Cinema: DTS Neo:6 Cinema mode. This mode
is intended for use with movies, providing surround sound
with a realistic sense of movement. Use this mode to add 6.1
surround to stereo movies, videos, and TV programs.
DTS Neo:6 Music: DTS Neo:6 Music mode. This mode uses
the surround channels to create a natural sound eld that can-
not be produced with conventional stereo. Even with two-
channel music, a natural sound eld can be produced from
the surround channels. Use this mode to add 6.1 surround to
stereo sources such as music CDs.
Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital decoding with up
to 5.1 channels. With this format you can expe-
rience the same superb sound that you get at a movie theater
or concert hall. Use this mode with DVDs that bear the Dolby
Digital logo.
Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX decoding
with up to 6.1 channels. With an added sur-
round-back channel, this 6.1 channel format offers a height-
ened sense of space, for added realism with moving sounds
such as those that rotate 360 degrees or pass overhead. Dolby
Digital EX material can also be played on conventional 5.1
channel systems, in which case the surround-back channel
sound is divided between the left and right surround chan-
nels. Use this mode with DVDs that have a 5.1-channel
soundtrack and bear the Dolby Digital logo.
DTS: DTS decoding with up to 5.1 channels. This
digital surround format offers a surround sound
experience with exceptional delity. Its com-
pressed digital audio data, with six completely separate chan-
nels (5.1), and the ability to handle large amounts of audio
data while remaining faithful to the original. DTS provides
very high-quality sound. You'll need a DTS compatible DVD
player in order to enjoy DTS material. Use this mode with
DVDs, LDs, or CDs that bear the DTS logo.
When listening to DTS material, using the pause, fast for-
ward, or reverse functions on your DTS-compatible player
may produce a short audible noise. This is normal.
When DTS material ends and the DTS signal transmission
stops, the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E remains in DTS listen-
ing mode, and the DTS indicator remains on. This is to pre-
vent noise when you use the pause, fast forward, or reverse
functions on your DTS-compatible player. If you switch
your player from DTS to PCM, because the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E does not switch formats immediately, you
may not hear any sound, in which case you should stop
your player for about 3 seconds, and then restart playback.
With some CD and LD players, you wont be able to play-
back DTS material properly even though your player is
connected to a digital input on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E. This is usually because the digital signal has
been processed (e.g., output level, sampling rate, or fre-
quency response changed) and the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E cannot recognize the signal as a genuine DTS
signal. In such cases, you may hear noise.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es TAPE OUT and VIDEO 1
OUT connectors output only analog audio, so dont try and
record a DTS CD or LD from these outputs because all
youll get is noise.
DTS-ES: DTS-ES decoding with up to 6.1 channels. Use this
mode with DVDs, LDs, or CDs that bear the DTS-ES logo.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E supports both DTS-ES Discrete
6.1 and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1.
Discrete 6.1 is for use with material encoded in
the DTS 6.1 format. With an additional surround-
back channel, each 6.1 channel is digitally recorded for a
realistic sense of movement and space. You can enjoy this
format with CDs, DVDs, or LDs that bear the DTS-ES logo.
Matrix 6.1 allows you to play DTS 5.1 material
on a 6.1 channel system. Since DTS 5.1 material
includes information about the surround-back
channel, channels can be reconstructed for play-
back on a 6.1 channel system. You can enjoy this
format with CDs, DVDs, or LDs that bear the DTS-ES or
DTS logo.
DSP Modes
Orchestra: Suitable for classical or operatic music. The cen-
ter speaker is turned off and the surround channels are
emphasized in order to widen the stereo image. In addition,
it simulates the natural reverberation of a large hall.
Unplugged: Suitable for acoustic instrument sounds, vocals,
and jazz music. By emphasizing the front stereo image, it
simulates the stage-front experience.
Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock and pop music. Listening to
music in this mode creates a lively soundeld with a power-
ful acoustic image, like being at a club or rock concert.
TV Logic: Adds realistic acoustics to TV programs produced
in a TV studio. In addition, it adds surround effects to the
entire sound and adds clarity to voices.
All Ch St (All Channel Stereo): Ideal for background
music. The front, surround, and surround-back channels cre-
ate a stereo image that lls the entire listening area.
36
Using the Listening ModesContinued
You can select the listening modes by using the following
buttons: [DIRECT], [STEREO], [SURROUND], [DSP], and
[A.STEREO] (the last button is available only on the remote
controller).
Listening mode availability depends on the format of the
currently selected input signal and the number of speak-
ers that you are using. If you use less than the minimum
number of speakers, some modes will not be available.
See About the Listening Modes on page 34 for more
information.
Notes:
You cannot select a listening mode when the Multich input
source is selected. See Using the Multi-Channel Inputs
on page 29.
While speaker set B is on, or a pair of headphones are
plugged in, you can only select the Direct or Stereo listen-
ing mode.
The options for each button are explained below:
[DIRECT] button
This button selects the Direct listening mode, which can be
used with PCM, analog, and 96 kHz PCM sources.
[STEREO] button
This button selects the Stereo listening mode, which can be
used with any source format.
[SURROUND] button
With PCM and analog sources, you can select the Pro
Logic II Movie, Pro Logic II Music, DTS Neo:6 Cinema,
and Neo:6 Music listening modes.
With Dolby Digital 2-channel sources, you can select the
Pro Logic II Movie and Pro Logic II Music listening
modes.
With Dolby Digital sources with more than two or three
channels, you can select the following:
On: Dolby Digital EX listening mode.
Off: Dolby Digital listening mode.
Auto: If the source signal contains an EX ag, which is an
identication code for Surround EX, the Dolby Digital EX
listening mode is selected automatically. If not, the Dolby
Digital listening mode is used.
These options appear only if youre using, and have specied
four or more speakers (see page 25). If you are using fewer
speakers, the Dolby Digital listening mode is used.
With DTS sources, you can select the following:
On: If the source signal contains a DTS-ES ag, which is
an identication code for DTS-ES, the DTS-ES Discrete
6.1 or DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 listening mode is selected auto-
matically. If not, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 is used.
Off: The DTS listening mode is used for all DTS sources,
even if a DTS-ES ag is present.
Auto: If the source signal contains a DTS-ES ag, the
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 or DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 listening
mode is selected automatically. If not, the DTS mode is
used.
These options appear only if youre using, and have specied
four or more speakers (see page 25). If you are using fewer
speakers, the DTS listening mode is used.
[DSP] button
The remote controllers [DSP] button works differently to the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es [DSP] button.
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E [DSP] button: You can select the
following Onkyo DSP modes: Orchestra, Unplugged, Stu-
dio Mix, TV Logic, and All Ch St.
Remote controllers [DSP] button: You can select all of
the currently available listening modes (basic, surround,
and DSP). You can use this button even when a remote con-
troller mode other than RCVR/TAPE is selected (see
page 40).
[A.STEREO] button
The button selects the All Ch St listening mode. (This button
is available only on the remote controller).
Selecting the Listening Modes
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER C D VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
A.STEREO
DIRECT
DIRECT
STEREO
STEREO
DSP
DSP
SURROUND
SURROUND
Direct mode
Stereo mode
DSP mode
(Orchestra, Unplugged, etc)
Dolby Digital mode
DTS mode
DTS-ES mode
Neo:6 mode
Dolby Pro Logic II mode
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Audio Adjust Functions
These functions only work with speaker set A.
Audio Adjust provides various functions for adjusting the
sound, including several especially for use with Dolby Digi-
tal, DTS, and Pro Logic II material.
The following table lists the Audio Adjust functions, their
ranges and default values. Function availability depends on
the current source and listening mode, as listed in the Sup-
ported listening mode column. See page 34 for information
on listening modes.
Note:
The Cinema Filter and Late Night functions can be con-
trolled from the remote controller by using the dedicated
[CINE FLTR] and [LATE NIGHT] buttons. First press the
remote controller's [RCVR/TAPE] button to select RCVR
mode, then press [CINE FLTR] or [LATE NIGHT] to display
the current setting; press again to change it.
Using the Audio Adjust Functions
Function Range Default
Supported
listening mode
Bass 12 dB to
+12 dB in 2 dB
steps
0 dB
All modes except
Direct
Treble
Late Night Low, High, Off
Off
Dolby D
Cinema
Filter
(Cine Fltr)
On, Off
PL II Movie
Dolby D/Dolby D EX
DTS/DTS-ES
Neo:6 Cinema
Center
Image
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 3 Neo:6 Music
Panorama On, Off Off
PL II Music
Dimension 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
3
Center
Width
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7
1
Use the [AUDIO/ADJUST] button to
select a function.
Note:
Before pressing the remote controllers
[AUDIO/ADJUST] button, press its
[RCVR/TAPE] button to select RCVR
mode.
2
Use the [PRESET/ADJUST]
buttons on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E, or the ADJUST
buttons on the remote controller to
set the selected function.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
AUDIO ADJUST
PRESET/ADJUST
ADJUST /
CINE FLTR
LATE NIGHT
AUDIO ADJUST
Press [RCVR/
TAPE] to select
RCVR mode.
AUDIO ADJUST
Remote controller
Function
PRESET/ADJUST
Remote controller
38
Audio Adjust FunctionsContinued
The Audio Adjust functions are explained below.
Bass
With this function you can boost or cut low-frequency
sounds output by the front speakers from 12 dB to +12 dB
in 2 dB steps.
Treble
With this function you can boost or cut high-frequency
sounds output by the front speakers from 12 dB to +12 dB
in 2 dB steps.
Late Night (Dolby Digital)
With this function you can reduce the dynamic range of
Dolby Digital material so that you can still hear quiet parts
even when listening at low volume levelsideal for watch-
ing movies late at night when you dont want to disturb any-
one.
Late Night=Off............no effect
Late Night=Low..........small reduction in dynamic range
Late Night=High .........big reduction in dynamic range
Note that the impact of the Late Night function depends on
the Dolby Digital material that you are playing, and with
some material there will be little or no effect.
This function is automatically cancelled when you set the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to Standby.
Cinema Filter
With this function, you can soften the harshness, or bright-
ness sometimes experienced with movie soundtracks, which
are typically mixed for reproduction in a movie theater.
Center Image (DTS Neo:6 Music)
The DTS Neo:6 surround format derives its center-channel
signal from stereo material, either analog or digital. In Music
mode, the center speaker is intended to augment the left and
right speakers, allowing them to faithfully reproduce the
original stereo mix. For this reason, the center channel sound
is not fully subtracted from the left and right channels. With
this function, you can adjust the amount of subtraction
depending on your room layout and personal preference.
Center Image: 5...........nothing is subtracted from the left
and right channels.
Center Image: 0...........the left and right channel levels
are halved (6 dB), making the
center channel more dominant,
particularly useful when the lis-
tener is off-center.
This function has no effect on the level of the center speaker.
Panorama (Pro Logic II Music)
With this function, you can extend the front stereo image to
the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect,
especially useful when not much sound is being output by the
surround speakers.
Dimension (Pro Logic II Music)
With this function, you can move the soundeld backward or
forward.
Dimension: 3............... the soundeld is in the normal
position.
Choose a lower setting to move the soundeld forward.
Choose a higher setting to move it backward.
If the stereo image is too wide, or theres too much surround
information, try moving the soundeld forward to achieve a
better balance. If the stereo image is too narrow, or it sounds
almost like its in mono, try moving the soundeld backward.
Center Width (Pro Logic II Music)
In Pro Logic II decoding, the center-channel signal is output
by the center speaker. If a center speaker is not used, the
decoder divides the center signal equally between the front
left and right speakers, producing whats known as a phan-
tom center. With this function you can choose to have the
center-channel signal output by only the center speaker, by
only the front left and right speakers (phantom center), or
by a mix of the two.
Center Width: 0........... the center-channel signal is output
only by the center speaker.
Center Width: 7........... its output only by the front left
and right speakers (phantom
center).
In home theaters, adding some width to the center channel
can improve the balance between the center and front left and
right speakers. Most stereo material will benet from appro-
priate use of this function.
39
Recording
This chapter explains how to record the selected input source
to an AV component with recording capability, and how to
record audio and video from two different sources.
You can record only to AV components that are connected to
the TAPE OUT or VIDEO 1 OUT connectors.
See pages 1019 for information on connecting your AV
components to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
Notes:
You cannot record from AV components that are connected
to the digital inputs. You must use analog connections.
The surround effects produced by the surround and DSP
listening modes cannot be recorded.
You cannot record from an AV component that is con-
nected to the multi-channel inputs.
If you select another input source while recording, that
input source will be recorded instead.
With this function you can record audio and video from dif-
ferent sources, allowing you to overdub audio onto your
video recordings. This function takes advantage of the fact
that when an audio-only input source (i.e., TAPE, TUNER,
or CD) is selected, the video input source remains
unchanged. For example, if you rst select the VIDEO 3
input source, followed by the CD input source, you can
watch the video from the VIDEO 3 input and listen to the
audio from the CD input.
In the following example, audio from the CD player con-
nected to the CD IN connectors, and video from the video
camera connected to the VIDEO 3 INPUT VIDEO connector
are recorded onto the VCR, which is connected to the
VIDEO 1 OUT connectors.
1. Prepare the camera and CD player for playback.
2. Prepare the VCR for recording.
3. Press the [VIDEO 3] input selector button.
4. Press the [CD] input selector button.
This selects the CD player as the audio source, but leaves
the video camera as the video source.
5. Start recording on the VCR and start playback
on the video camera and CD player.
The video from the camera, and the audio from the CD
player are recorded by the VCR.
Notes:
You cannot record audio from an AV component that is
connected digitally. You must use an analog connection.
The surround effects produced by the surround and DSP
listening modes cannot be recorded.
If you select another input source while recording, that
input source will be recorded instead.
Recording the Input Source
1
Use the following input selector
buttons to select the AV compo-
nent that you want to record.
Audio signals from the selected input
source are output by the VIDEO 1 OUT
and TAPE OUT connectors.
You can listen to the source while record-
ing. The TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es VOL-
UME control has no effect on recording.
2
Start recording on the AV compo-
nent connected to the TAPE OUT or
VIDEO 1 OUT connectors.
3
Start playback on the source AV
component.
CH +
CABLE/SAT
CD/DVD
STANDBY/ON
PHONES
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 2 TAPE TUNER CD VIDEO 3 DVD
A B SPEAKERS DIMMER
SURROUND
VIDEO 1
VCR
AUDIO
SELECTOR
DSP
STEREO
STANDBY
DISPLAY AUDIO ADJUST SPEAKER ADJUST FM MODE
SUBWOOFER
MODE DIGITAL INPUT MEMORY
DIRECT
S VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO L R
TUNING
CLEAR
PRESET/ADJUST
VIDEO 3 INPUT
Input selector buttons
Input selector
buttons
VIDEO 2
TAPE TUNER CD
VIDEO 3 DVD VIDEO 1
VCR
Remote controller
Recording from Different AV Sources
L
R
ANTENNA
FM
75
AM
REMOTE
CONTROL
IN IN IN
OPTICAL COAXIAL
1 2
IN IN IN IN FRONT SURR CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
OUT
OUT OUT
DIGITAL INPUT
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 DVD MONITOR
OUT
VIDEO
S VIDEO
DVD
TAPE CD
L
R
VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1
SUBWOOFER
PRE OUT
VIDEO 1/ 2/ 3
IN
DVD IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
OUT
L
R
: video signal
: audio signal
CD player
VCR
Video camera
40
Using the Remote Controller RC-479S with Your Other AV
Components
Connecting your -compatible Onkyo CD player, DVD
player, or cassette recorder to the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
via allows you to control it with the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es remote controller. Since you only need to
point the remote controller at the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E,
you can control components that are out of sight, for exam-
ple, in a cabinet. See page 19 for connection information.
Note:
To use the function, you must make an connection
and an analog RCA/phono connection between the AV
component and your TX-SR501, even if they are con-
nected digitally.
Using the RC-479S
RC-479S (not North America)
1
Point the remote controller at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E and use the input selector but-
tons to select an input source for the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
2
Use the remote controllers mode buttons
(i.e., [DVD], [CD], or [RCVR/TAPE]) to select
a remote controller mode.
(You dont have to point the remote controller at any-
thing for this step.)
3
Point the remote controller at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E and press the Power [ ] button
to turn on the AV component.
(A cassette recorder cant be turned on or off from
the remote controller. However, pressing the remote
controllers Play [ ] button will turn it on and start
playback.)
4
Use the buttons as explained below.
In the following illustrations, buttons that control the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E regardless of which mode is
selected are shaded.
DVD mode CD mode Tape mode*
Power on/off
Start playback Play side A (front-facing side)
Stop playback, fast forward, or fast reverse Stop playback, recording, fast forward, or rewind
Fast forward
Fast reverse Rewind
Pause playback Play side B (rear-facing side)
Go to next chapter or track
* Since this is RCVR/TAPE mode, you can control
the cassette recorder and fully control the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E at the same time.
Go to beginning of current chapter or track
DISC Select a disc (DVD/CD changers only)
19, +10, 0 Enter numbers
TOP MENU Display the discs main menu
MENU Display the last sub-menu
RETURN Return to previous menu
SETUP Display setup menu
Select menu items
ENT Go to selected menu item
DVD
3.
2.
4.
1.
DVD
control
buttons
DVD
input
selector
CD
3.
2.
4.
1.
CD
control
buttons
CD input
selector
RCVR/TAPE 2.
3.
1.
Tape control
buttons
Tape input
selector
/
/ / /
41
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your Other AV
Components
Connecting your -compatible Onkyo CD player, DVD
player, or cassette recorder to the TX-SR501 via allows
you to control your system with the TX-SR501s remote con-
troller by pointing it at the TX-SR501. This allows you to
control components that are out of sight, for example, in a
cabinet. Since you dont have to enter any special codes, or
do any programming, allows you to control these compo-
nents quickly and easily. See page 19 for connection infor-
mation. See page 42 for operating information.
In addition, you can control an AV component made by
another manufacturer by entering the appropriate manufac-
turers code into the remote controller.
Note:
To use the function, you must make an connection
and an analog RCA/phono connection between the AV
component and your TX-SR501, even if they are con-
nected digitally.
Entering the Manufacturers Code
If youre using an Onkyo CD player connected to the
TX-SR501s connector, an Onkyo AV component with-
out an connection, or an AV component made by another
manufacturer, do the following.
If it works as expected, the code has been entered correctly.
If not, go back to step 3 and try again.
Note that with some manufacturers AV components, some
of the remote controllers buttons may not work as expected.
By default, the [CD/DVD] button is set to code 316,
which is for use with an -compatible Onkyo DVD
player connected to the TX-SR501s connector. To
control an -compatible Onkyo CD player connected
to the TX-SR501s connector, you must enter code
300. To control an Onkyo DVD player without an
connection, you must enter either code 301 or 313. The
[CD/DVD] button can be used with only one AV compo-
nent.
RC-518M (North America only)
1
Determine the appropriate manufacturers
code from the following list.
Where several codes are listed, try the rst one, and
if that doesnt work, try the others until you nd one
that does.
2
While holding down the remote controllers
[VCR], [TV], [CABLE/SAT], or [CD/DVD] but-
ton, press the [ENT] button.
For the [CD/DVD] button, you can enter a CD code
or DVD code, not both. And for the [CABLE/SAT]
button, a Cable code or Satellite code, not both.
3
Within 10 seconds, use the remote control-
lers number buttons to enter the manufac-
turers code.
4
Check to see if you can control the AV com-
ponent from the remote controller.
Manufacturer TV VCR DVD Cable Satellite
AIWA 137
AKAI 227
DENON 302
ECHOSTAR 500
EMERSON 228
FISHER 200
100, 101, 102,
140
GE 103, 104
GE PANA 201, 202
GE RCA 203
GEMINI 401
GENERAL
INSTRUMENT
501
G.I. 400
GO VIDEO 105, 106, 107
GOLD STAR 204, 205 108
HAMLIN
402, 403, 404,
405
HITACHI 206, 207 103, 109 303 502
HUGHES
NETWORK
SYSTEM
503
JERROLD
406, 407, 408,
409, 410, 411,
412, 413, 414
JVC 208
110, 111, 112,
113
304
KENWOOD 305
MACOM 415, 416, 417
MAGNAVOX 209, 210 114, 115, 116 306 418
MARANTZ 211 307
MITSUBISHI
117, 118, 119,
120, 121, 139
308
NEC 136
OAK 419, 420, 421
ONKYO
301, 313,
316 (for
DVD),
300 (for CD)
PANASONIC 212, 213 122, 123 309 422, 423 504, 505, 506
PHILIPS 214 114
424, 425, 426,
427, 428, 429
PIONEER 215 310 430, 431
PRIMESTAR 507
PROSCAN 216 311 508, 509, 510
RCA
217, 218, 219,
220, 229, 230
109 311 508, 509, 510
S.ATLANTA 432, 433, 434
SAMSUNG 221, 222 124, 125, 126 304 435
SHARP 223 127, 128
SHINTOM 138
SONY 224
129, 130, 131,
132, 133, 141
312 511
TOCOM 436
TOSHIBA 134 313 512
YAMAHA 314
ZENITH 225, 226 135 315 437, 438
42
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your Other AV ComponentsContinued
Using the RC-518M
If you need to enter the manufacturers code for your AV
component into the remote controller, see page 41.
1
Point the remote controller at the TX-SR501
and use the input selector buttons to select
an input source for the TX-SR501.
2
Use the remote controllers mode buttons
(i.e., [VCR], [TV], [CABLE/SAT], [CD/DVD], or
[RCVR/TAPE]) to select a remote controller
mode.
(You dont have to point the remote controller at any-
thing for this step.)
3
Use the remote controllers Power [ ] but-
ton to turn on the AV component.
Remember, if your AV component is connected to
the TX-SR501 via , point the remote controller
at the TX-SR501. If not, point the remote control-
ler at the AV component.
(A cassette recorder cant be turned on or off from
the remote controller. However, pressing the remote
controllers Play [ ] button will turn it on and start
playback.)
4
Use the buttons as explained below.
In the following illustrations, buttons that control the
TX-SR501 regardless of which mode is selected are
shaded.
DVD mode*
1
CD mode*
1
Tape mode*
2
You must enter the appropriate manufac-
turers code for your DVD player (see
page 41).
CD mode can be used only with an Onkyo
CD player, and you must enter the appropri-
ate Onkyo CD player code (see page 41).
Power on/off
Start playback Play side A (front-facing side)
Stop playback Stop playback, fast forward, or fast reverse
Stop playback, recording, fast forward, or
rewind
Fast forward
Fast reverse Rewind
Pause playback Play side B (rear-facing side)
Go to next chapter or track
*
2
Since this is RCVR/TAPE mode,
you can control the cassette
recorder and fully control the
TX-SR501 at the same time.
Go to beginning of current chapter or track
DISC Select a disc (DVD/CD changers only)
19, +10, 0 Enter numbers
TOP MENU Display the discs main menu
*
1
Since you can only enter a CD code
or DVD code for the [CD/DVD]
button, you can use CD mode or
DVD mode, but not both.
MENU Display the last sub-menu
RETURN Return to previous menu
SETUP Display setup menu
Select menu items
ENT Go to selected menu item
CD/DVD
3.
2.
4.
1.
DVD
control
buttons
DVD input
selector
CD/DVD
3.
2.
4.
1.
CD
control
buttons
CD input
selector
RCVR/TAPE 2.
3.
1.
Tape control
buttons
Tape input
selector
/ / /
43
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your Other AV ComponentsContinued
VCR mode TV mode
You must enter the appropriate manufacturers
code (see page 41).
You must enter the appropriate manufacturers
code (see page 41).
Power on/off
19, +10, 0 Enter numbers
OK Conrm
TV CH UP Select next received channel Select next TV channel
TV CH DOWN Select previous received channel Select previous TV channel
TV VOL UP Raise TV volume
TV VOL DOWN Lower TV volume
TV/VCR Switch TV/VCR inputs
TV MUTE Mute the sound
Start playback
Stop playback, recording, fast forward, or rewind
Fast forward
Rewind
Select next VCR channel
Select previous VCR channel
Pause playback
VCR
3.
2.
4.
1.
Control TV if
appropriate TV
code has been
entered
Input
Selectors
VCR
control
buttons
TV
2.
1.
3.
Control VCR if
appropriate
VCR code has
been entered
TV
control
buttons
44
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your Other AV ComponentsContinued
Cable mode* Satellite mode*
You must enter the appropriate manufacturers
code (see page 41).
You must enter the appropriate manufacturers
code (see page 41).
Power on/off
19, 0 Enter numbers
CH+ Select next channel Select next channel preset
CH Select previous channel Select previous channel preset
MENU Display menu
Select menu items
ENT Conrm
* Since you can only enter a Cable code or Satellite code for the [CABLE/SAT] button, you can use Cable
mode or Satellite mode, but not both.
CABLE/SAT
3.
2.
1.
4.
Input
Selectors
Cable
control
buttons
CABLE/SAT
3.
2.
1.
4. Satellite
control
buttons
Input
Selectors
/ / /
45
Troubleshooting
Symptom Possible cause Remedy
A
m
p
Cant turn on the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E?
The power cord is not connected.
Connect the power cord to a suitable wall outlet
(page 24).
The [POWER] switch is set to OFF (TX-SR501E
only).
Set the [POWER] switch to ON (page 24).
External interference is affecting the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es digital circuitry.
Turn off the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, wait ve sec-
onds, then try turning it on again. If that fails, discon-
nect the power cord from the wall outlet, wait ve
seconds, reconnect it, then try turning it on again.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
shuts down immediately
after being turned on?
The amp protection system has been activated. Contact your Onkyo dealer.
The buttons on the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E and
remote controller dont
work?
Power supply voltage uctuations and other
anomalies, such as static electricity, can inter-
fere with normal operation.
Turn off the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, wait ve sec-
onds, then try turning it on again. If that fails, discon-
nect the power cord from the wall outlet, wait ve
seconds, reconnect it, then try turning it on again.
Theres no sound coming
from the speakers?
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is muted. Unmute the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E (page 33).
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is not connected
properly.
Check your connections.
If your turntable doesnt have a built-in phono
preamp, you must connect one between your turnta-
ble and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
If your turntable uses an MC cartridge, you must use
a compatible phono preamp.
The speaker cables are not connected properly. Check the speaker connections (page 21).
The wrong input source is selected. Select the correct input source (page 28).
A pair of headphones are connected. Disconnect the headphones (page 33).
The input signal format is set to PCM or DTS. Set the input signal format to Auto (page 29).
The volume is set at minimum. Turn up the volume (page 28).
The speakers are congured incorrectly. Check the speaker conguration (page 25).
Some speakers are not used with certain listen-
ing modes.
See page 34 for information on listening modes.
A connecting cable may be damaged.
Check your connecting cables for signs of damage and
replace as necessary.
Only the front speakers are
working?
The Stereo listening mode is selected.
In Stereo listening mode, only the front speakers and
subwoofer are used (page 34).
The center speaker is not
working or is very quiet?
The center speaker is not connected properly. Check the center speaker connections (page 21).
The Stereo, Direct, or Orchestra listening mode
is selected.
The center speaker is not used with these modes
(page 34).
The volume of the center speaker is set at mini-
mum.
Check the volume of the center speaker (page 27).
The currently selected speaker conguration
doesnt use the center speaker.
Check the speaker conguration (page 25).
Only the center speaker is
working?
Youre listening to a mono sound source (e.g.,
TV or AM broadcast) and the PL II MOVIE or
PL II MUSIC listening mode is selected, so the
sound is concentrated in the center speaker.
Select another listening mode (page 34).
The surround speakers are
not working?
The surround speakers are not used with certain
listening modes.
See page 34 for information on listening modes.
Surround speaker output depends on the
source material. Some material may not use the
surround speakers much.
The volume of the surround speakers is set at
minimum.
Check the volume of the surround speakers (page 27).
The currently selected speaker conguration
doesnt use the surround speakers.
Check the speaker conguration (page 25).
46
TroubleshootingContinued
Symptom Possible cause Remedy
A
m
p
A low-frequency noise or
hum can be heard?
The audio connecting cables at the rear of the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E are too close to the
power cord.
Untangle the audio cables and position them as far
away as possible from the power cord.
The sound is too bright or
harsh and the high range is
not clear.
The Treble function is set too high. Adjust the Treble function (pages 29, 37).
The subwoofer is not work-
ing or is very quiet?
The subwoofer mode is set to OFF or is set
incorrectly.
Check the subwoofer mode (page 25).
The volume of the subwoofer is set at mini-
mum.
Check the volume of the subwoofer (page 27).
Subwoofer output depends on the source mate-
rial. Some material may not use the subwoofer
much.
Theres no picture on the
TV or monitor?
The TVs input selector is set incorrectly.
Select the correct input on the TV (i.e., the input to
which the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is connected).
The video cable is not connected properly.
Check your video cables and connections
(pages 1019).
The video input and output are different for-
mats.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E doesnt convert between
video formats. It works as a video signal switcher.
Composite video input signals are output only by
composite video outputs. S-Video input signals are
output only by S-Video outputs. And component
video input signals are output only by component
video outputs.
Cant hear an AV compo-
nent?
The wrong input source is selected. Select the correct input source (page 28).
R
e
m
o
t
e

c
o
n
t
r
o
l
l
e
r
The buttons on the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
work OK but those on the
remote controller dont?
The wrong remote controller mode is selected. Select the correct mode (page 9).
There are no batteries in the remote controller. Install new batteries (page 5).
The batteries are at. Replace with new batteries (page 5).
The batteries are installed incorrectly. Check the batteries and correct as necessary (page 5).
Youre not pointing the remote controller at the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es remote sensor.
Point the remote controller at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501Es remote sensor (page 5).
Youre too far away from the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E.
Use the remote controller closer to the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E (page 5). The remote controller has a
range of approximately 16 ft. (5 meters).
A strong light source is interfering with the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es remote sensor.
Make sure that the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is not sub-
jected to direct sunshine or inverter-type uorescent
lights. Relocate if necessary.
If the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is installed in a
cabinet with colored glass doors, the remote
controller may not work reliably when the
doors are closed.
Open the doors, or use a cabinet without colored
glass.
Cant use the remote con-
troller with other AV com-
ponents?
The wrong manufacturers code has been
entered.
Try entering the code again (page 41).
If more than one code is provided, try them all
(page 41).
With some manufacturers AV components, certain
buttons will not work as expected.
Youre pointing the remote controller at the
wrong AV component.
To control an AV component connected via ,
point the remote controller at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E. To control an AV component thats not
connected via , point the remote controller at that
AV component (pages 40, 42)
Youve made an connection but not an ana-
log RCA/phono connection.
To use , you must make an connection and an
analog RCA/phono connection between the AV com-
ponent and TX-SR501/TX-SR501E, even if they are
connected digitally (page 19).
47
TroubleshootingContinued
Symptom Possible cause Remedy
T
u
n
e
r
Reception is noisy, inter-
mittent, and the FM STE-
REO indicator ashes?
Youre too far away from the transmitter. Or,
your FM antenna is in the wrong position or
pointing in the wrong direction. Or, the sta-
tions signal strength is poor.
Use the [FM MODE] button to select mono mode
(page 31).
Adjust the position, height, and direction of your FM
antenna.
Install an outdoor FM antenna, preferably one with
many elements. Installing an outdoor antenna is a
specialist job, so contact your nearest dealer for advice
(page 23).
Reception is hindered by a
crackling noise?
Interference is being caused by uorescent
lights being turned on or off or by passing cars.
Install an outdoor antenna as far away as possible
from nearby roads.
Adjust the position or direction of your outdoor
antenna.
Move your antenna as far away as possible from uo-
rescent lights.
AM reception is hindered
by a buzzing noise, espe-
cially at night or with weak
signals?
Interference caused by electrical equipment,
including uorescent lights.
Relocate your AM antenna.
Install an outdoor AM antenna (page 23).
AM reception is hindered
by a high-pitched noise?
Interference caused by your TV.
Move the AM loop antenna as far away as possible
from your TV.
Move the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E as far away as possi-
ble from your TV.
FM reception and stereo
separation are poor even
though the TUNING and
FM STEREO indicators are
shown.
Tall buildings, mountains, or hills are causing
wave reections that interfere with the main
signal.
Try an FM antenna with better directionality.
The tuner presets no longer
work?
The power cord has not been connected to a
wall outlet, or the power has been turned off for
an extended period.
Preset your favorite radio stations again (page 31).
The power cord must be plugged into a wall outlet a
few times each month in order to preserve the presets.
R
e
c
o
r
d
i
n
g
Sound can be heard from
the speakers, but it cannot
be recorded?
You cannot record from an AV component that
is connected digitally.
Connect the AV component using analog connections
(pages 1019).
Youre playing Dolby Digital or DTS source
material.
Although you cannot record Dolby Digital or DTS
surround channels, you can record the left and right
channels by connecting the source AV components
analog left and right outputs to a pair of analog inputs
on the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
The wrong input source is selected on your
recorder.
Select the correct input source. See your recorders
manual for more information.
O
t
h
e
r
s
The Late Night function
doesnt work?
The Late Night function only works with Dolby
Digital.
DIGITAL appears on the display when using a
Dolby Digital source (page 28).
The multi-channel inputs
dont work?
The input signal format is set to Auto or Analog. Set the input signal format to Multich (page 29).
The AV component is not properly connected.
Connect the AV components 5.1 channel outputs to
the TX-SR501/TX-SR501Es DVD IN FRONT L and
R, SURR L and R, CENTER, and SUBWOOFER con-
nectors (page 13).
The listening mode changes
to Stereo when headphones
are connected?
This is normal. When you connect a pair of
headphones, the Stereo listening mode is
selected automatically.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E contains a microcomputer for signal processing and control functions. In very rare situations, severe inter-
ference, noise from an external source, or static electricity may cause it to lockup. In the unlikely even that this should happen, unplug
the power cord from the wall outlet, wait at least ve seconds, and then plug it back in again. That should x it.
To reset the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E to its factory defaults, turn it on and, while holding down the [VIDEO 1] button, press the
[STANDBY/ON] button. Clear will appear on the display and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will enter Standby mode.
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AMPLIFIER SECTION
VIDEO SECTION
TUNER SECTION
FM
AM
GENERAL
REMOTE CONTROL
Specications and features are subject to change without notice. Power sup-
ply and voltage vary depending on the area in which the unit is purchased.
Continuous Average Power output (FTC)
All channels: 65 watts per channel min. RMS at
8 , 2 channels driven from 20 Hz
to 20 kHz with no more than 0.08%
total harmonic distortion.
80 watts per channel min. RMS at
6 , 2 channels driven from 1 kHz
with no more than 0.1% total har-
monic distortion.
Continuous Power output (DIN)
85 watts 2 at 6
Maximum Power output (EIAJ)
115 watts 2 at 6
Dynamic power output:
160 watts 2 at 3
125 watts 2 at 4
85 watts 2 at 8
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08% at rated power
0.08% at 1 watt output
IM Distortion: 0.08% at rated power
0.08% at 1 watt output
Damping Factor: 60 at 8
Input Sensitivity and Impedance
DIGITAL INPUT (OPTICAL 1, 2): 0.5 Vp-p, 75
DIGITAL INPUT (COAXIAL): 0.5 Vp-p, 75
LINE (CD, VIDEO 1, 2, 3, TAPE): 200 mV, 47 k
Multichannel Input
(DVD FRONT L/C/R, SURR L/R): 200 mV, 47 k
(SUBWOOFER): 36 mV, 47 k
Output Level and Impedance
Rec out (TAPE, VIDEO 1): 200 mV, 470
Pre out (SUBWOOFER): 1 V, 470
Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 100 kHz,
+1/3 dB (Direct mode)
Tone Control
Bass: 12 dB at 50 Hz
Treble: 12 dB at 20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: CD/TAPE: 100 dB
(IHF-A, Direct mode)
Muting: 50 dB
Input Sensitivity and Impedance
VIDEO (DVD, VIDEO 1, 2, 3): 1 Vp-p, 75
S VIDEO (DVD, VIDEO 1, 2, 3): 1 Vp-p, 75 (Y)
0.28 Vp-p, 75 (C)
COMPONENT VIDEO 1, 2: 1 Vp-p, 75 (Y)
0.7 Vp-p, 75 (P
B
, P
R
)
Output Level and Impedance
VIDEO (VIDEO 1, 2, MONITOR): 1 Vp-p, 75
S VIDEO (VIDEO 1, 2, MONITOR): 1 Vp-p, 75 (Y)
0.28 Vp-p, 75 (C)
COMPONENT VIDEO OUT: 1 Vp-p, 75 (Y)
0.7 Vp-p, 75 (P
B
, P
R
)
Tuning Range
North American models: 87.50-108.00 MHz (100 kHz steps)
Other models: 87.50-108.00 MHz (50 kHz steps)
Usable Sensitivity
Mono: 11.2 dBf, 1.0 V (75 , IHF)
0.9 V (75 , DIN)
Stereo: 17.2 dBf, 2.0 V (75 , IHF)
23 V (75 DIN)
50 dB Quieting Sensitivity
Mono: 17.2 dBf, 2.0 V (75 )
Stereo: 37.2 dBf, 20.0 V (75 )
Capture Ratio: 2.0 dB
Image Rejection Ratio
North American models: 40 dB
Other models: 85 dB
IF Rejection Ratio: 90 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Mono: 76 dB
Stereo: 70 dB
Alternate Channel Attenuation: 55 dB
Selectivity: 50 dB (DIN)
AM Suppression Ratio: 50 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
Mono: 0.2%
Stereo: 0.3%
Frequency Response: 30 Hz-15 kHz, 1.0 dB
Stereo Separation: 45 dB at 1 kHz
30 dB at 100 Hz-10 kHz
Tuning Range
North American models: 530-1,710 kHz (10 kHz steps)
European & Australian models: 522-1,611 kHz (9 kHz steps)
Worldwide models: 522-1,611 kHz (9 kHz steps), or
530-1,710 kHz (10 kHz steps)
Usable Sensitivity: 30 V
Image Rejection Ratio: 40 dB
IF Rejection Ratio: 40 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 40 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7%
Power Supply and Power Consumption:
AC 120 V, 60 Hz 4.6 A
AC 230-240 V, 50 Hz 370 W
AC 220-230 V and 120 V switchable, 50/60 Hz 370 W
Dimensions (W H D): 17-1/8" 5-7/8" 14-13/16"
435 150 376 mm
Weight
North American models: 19.6 lbs., 8.9 kg
European models: 21.6 lbs., 9.8 kg
Other models: 21.8 lbs., 9.9 kg
Transmitter: Infrared
Signal range: Approx. 16 ft., 5 meters
Power supply:
Two AA batteries (1.5 V 2)